Leos Janacek

The Cunning Little Vixen

In the wild, we return to our true nature.

18 Feb–1 Mar 2022

The Cunning Little Vixen tells the tale of a clever vixen named Sharp Ears. Captured by a local Forester when she is young, she later manages to escape his clutches, but he is forever haunted by her memory.

Exploring man’s relationship with nature, Janáček’s opera moves through the contrasting worlds of the Vixen and the Forester, showing how one chance meeting can forever change the lives of both.

This new production is directed by up-and-coming director Jamie Manton, following his acclaimed stagings of Paul Bunyan and The Day After for ENO’s talent development programme Studio Live.

Incorporating elements of Moravian folk music, Janáček’s dramatic score is conducted by ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins. An outstanding cast includes soprano Sally Matthews as the Vixen, soprano Pumeza Matshikiza as the Fox, baritone Lester Lynch as the Forester, bass Clive Bayley as the Priest, with ENO Harewood Artists Claire Barnett-Jones (Dog), John Findon (Innkeeper), and Alexandra Oomens (Pepik and Woodpecker).

Book your opera tickets today to see Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen live at the London Coliseum.

A Relaxed Performance of The Cunning Little Vixen will take place on 26 February 2022 at 14.30. This performance is ideal for anyone who benefits from a more relaxed environment, from being able to make noise, leave and enter the auditorium as you please, or access toilets or chill-out areas during the performance. This would include anyone with dementia, an autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication disorders or learning disability.

5 Evening Performances Remaining
2 Matinee Performances Remaining
Running Time

We offer brilliant opera experiences at a range of affordable prices. Tickets start at just £10 plus £2.25 booking fee per ticket. A maximum of £9.00 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.

Sung in English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

Suitable for all ages.

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Discover The Cunning Little Vixen

Creative Team

Martyn Brabbins


Jamie Manton


Tom Scutt

Set & Costume Designer

Lucy Carter

Lighting Designer

Jenny Ogilvie

Movement Director

Robert T. Jones & Yveta Synek Graff



Sally Matthews


Pumeza Matshikiza


Lester Lynch


Madeleine Shaw

Forester’s Wife / Owl

Alan Oke

Schoolmaster / Mosquito

Clive Bayley

Priest / Badger

Ossian Huskinson

A Poacher

John Findon

Innkeeper / Cock

Claire Barnett-Jones


Alexandra Oomens

Pepik / Woodpecker

Ffion Edwards

Frantik / Jay