The Cunning Little Vixen
Rehearsals for the London Symphony Orchestra production of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Barbican, 2019. Photo © Mark Allan

Lady Into Fox

The Cunning Little Vixen is one of the most acutely personal operas ever written, with such deeply moving music that composer Leoš Janáček asked for the final scene to be played at his funeral. Sir Simon Rattle and bass-baritone Gerald Finley – who worked together on the recent LSO Live recording – talk to Clive Pagetabout what makes the opera so autobiographical and how Janáček spun something so profoundly philosophical out of a tale of foxes in a forest.

From Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastiqueto Smetana’s...