Sir Simon Rattle, Lucy Crowe and Hanno Müller-Brachmann reunite for The Cunning Little Vixen

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra close their 2018/19 season with a semi-staging of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen alongside a cast of internationally venerated singers. This production, a collaboration between Simon and acclaimed opera director Peter Sellars, will feature Lucy Crowe in the title role and Hanno Müller-Brachmann as Haraschta, both of whom reprise their roles from the 2017 production. The production also sees acclaimed Canadian baritone Gerald Finley return to the role of Forester.

Following the first performances at the Berliner Philharmonie, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim of the New York Times praised Simon for conducting a “musically glorious performance“, while also applauding the “aching tenderness” which Lucy brought to the title role. Hugo Shirley of Bachtrack also complimented Lucy’s “vividly, compellingly acted” Vixen, sung with “an affecting, wide-eyed abandon“.

These performances mark the end of a very busy season for Lucy, having most recently made her house debut at Oper Frankfurt in the title role of Handel’s Rodelinda. Lucy will open her 2019/20 with a new production of Handel’s Agrippina at the Royal Opera House, performing the role of Poppea. Hanno has also enjoyed a thrilling season, most recently with performances of the Bach St Matthew Passion with the Cincinnati Symphony and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

The Cunning Little Vixen will be featured at the Barbican for two performances on 27 and 29 June, before transferring to the Philharmonie in Paris for a performance on 2 July.

For a sneak preview of the production, watch the trailer below featuring Simon and Lucy at the Berliner Philharmonie in 2017.

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