Fantastic Mr. Fox
vocal scoreopera in three acts (1998)
|Text information||libretto by Donald Sturrock|
based on the book by Roald Dahl
German version by Frank Wenzel
|Commission||Commissioned for the Los Angeles Opera by Felicity Dahl|
|Premiere||December 9, 1998; Los Angeles Opera, CA; Conductor: Peter Ash · Staging: Donald Sturrock · Costumes: Gerald Scarfe · Stage design: Gerald Scarfe|
|Roles||Fantastic Mr. Fox · baritone - Mrs. Fox · mezzo-soprano - Bennie, Lennie, Jennie & Pennie Foxcub · children - Farmer Boggis · bass - Farmer Bunce · tenor - Farmer Bean · bass-baritone - Mavis the Tractor · soprano - Agnes the Digger · mezzo-soprano - Miss Hedgehog · soprano - Badger the Miner · baritone - Burrowing Mole · tenor - Rita the Rat · mezzo-soprano - Porcupine · tenor - Chorus of Trees · Children - Various Geese and Chickens|
|Instrumentation||2(1.afl,2.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-184.108.40.206-timp.2perc(glsp, xyl, vib, mar, crash cym, cym (pair), h.h, 2gongs, s.d, low dr, 6toms, b.d, 2tempbl)-hp.pno-str(10.9.6.8.4)|
A modern fable, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story about good vs. evil, animal vs. human, and nature vs. technology. With the help of the other creatures of the forest, Mr. Fox must outwit his enemies to keep his family safe. Mr. Fox finds that he may have stolen one hen too many from the henhouse, as the meanest farmers anywhere — Boggis, Bunce, and Bean (one fat, one short, one lean) — conspire to rid their lands of the Fox family once and for all. The Foxes are able to evade capture with the help of some woodland friends, leaving the farmers laying in wait while the animals help themselves to the fruit of the farmers’ lands. Having had their revenge, the animals return for a sumptuous feast far from danger in the Foxes‘ new home, while the farmers continue to wait in the rain.
The opera is available in a singable German version as well.