Pacific Opera’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen, by Leos Janácek, will be under the baton of internationally renowned conductor Alex Briger when it plays at New Hall, Sydney Grammar School’s brand new state of the art, award winning theatre that combines natural rock face walls with elegant wood and steel architecture. This will be the first opera ever staged at Alex Briger’s old Alma mater, Sydney Grammar School, in collaboration with 57 players from Sydney Youth Orchestras.
Janácek’s opera, based on a comic strip story, was first performed in 1924. It was inspired by his study of animals and his undying, unrequited love of a much younger woman. With a huge romantic score, it is lush, dramatic and intense, told through the intertwining stories of a beautiful vixen and the Forester who attempts to tame and contain her.
Pacific Opera prides itself in providing educational opportunities for emerging young artists who are on the cusp of their careers in music and opera. In keeping with that ideology, Director Michael Campbell has cast emerging young professionals Alexandra Flood, making her Sydney debut, plus Sydney Conservatorium graduates Alexander Knight and Jared Lillehagen, as well as Jessica Harper, an Honours graduate from ANU and Laura King, a Fine Arts graduate from COFA. These outstanding young singers will be joined by tertiary trained music graduates along with ten students from Sydney Grammar School and fifteen members from the Bach Choir (Parents & Friends of Sydney Grammar).
Australian born Soprano, Alexandra Flood who currently lives in Munich, started music lessons at age 5 and classical voice lessons with a German opera teacher at age 10. Since receiving her Bachelor of Arts (Art History/Philosophy) and Diploma in Music (Practical) from the University of Melbourne in 2010, Alexandra has travelled to Europe for work and study, performing her debut operatic role as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème at Teatro Signorelli, Tuscany, participating in the Oberlin Conservatory “Oberlin in Italy” opera course, and completing the American Institute of Musical Studies opera programme in Graz, Austria, where she worked with maestri Marius Stieghorst and Alexander Kalajdzic.
One of Alexandra’s favourite memories of performing was singing “Ruhe Sanft” with the Mozart Camerata Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival 2014, with her parents in the audience.
The Cunning Little Vixen will play on Friday 2 & Saturday 3 October 2015 at 7pm at New Hall, Sydney Grammar School, College Street, East Sydney. Prices: Adult $65 | Concession $55 | Student $30 | Under 15 years $15.