Join WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon in conversation with New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, director/designer Doug Fitch, and choreographer Karole Armitage about the New York Philharmonic's production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. The fully staged performances will transform Avery Fisher Hall into a fantastical forest environment in a tale of love, relationships, the cycle of life, and the interaction of man and nature.
Mr. Gilbert has made the idea of bringing opera to the symphonic stage a central part of his artistic vision at the Philharmonic. Mr. Fitch and Ms. Armitage will join him in exploring how, collectively, they will bring to life a forest populated by humans and animals on the Avery Fisher Hall stage, illuminating the touching story set to what is known as some of Janáček’s “sunniest” and most beautiful orchestral music. Conversation will be interspersed with musical performance, including selections from the opera sung by Alan Opie (who will play The Forester in the Philharmonic’s production), and Marie Lenormand (The Fox), among others.