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Cancelled: The Cunning Little Vixen

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Please note, this event has been affected by the ongoing effects of Covid-19 and, as a result, has been cancelled. 

The Festival Opera kaupapa is built on delivering excellence and creating positive performance experiences for the young singers who participate in the Project Prima Volta programmes, enabled by the Prima Volta Charitable Trust. Given the scale of this production, which involves more than 100 performers, our ability to rehearse in Level 2 has been lost and, as a result, this show has been withdrawn from the Hawke's Bay Arts Festival programme. 

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Opera lover or new to the genre, The Cunning Little Vixen offers a wonder-filled opportunity to see the first full opera performed at the Opera House since 2013.

A tale reflecting the cycle of life, where death is shown to be a natural part of life and from that sense of renewal, we humans can learn and grow.  The opera tells of a clever vixen, captured by a forester when she is a cub. The forester realises we humans are not so far from the animal kingdom and have much to learn from them.

Having premiered in 1924, its music, exploring Czech folk music traditions, is described as romantic and beautiful. This stunning semi-staged Festival Opera production has 130 performers, including the soloists and a full symphonic orchestra.

Rarely performed in New Zealand and originally written in Czech, this opera will be performed in English making it easily accessible to Festival audiences.

This show runs for 105 minutes, including interval. It is suitable for all ages, with some adult themes.

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Performance Times

  19 October 2021 7:00pm
  20 October 2021 11:00am

Ticket Price

  A Reserve Adult$59
  A Reserve Concession$54
  B Reserve Adult$49
  B Reserve Concession$44


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