Fantastic Mr. Foxvocal score (1998)
|Text information||libretto by Donald Sturrock|
based on the book by Roald Dahl
|Commission||Commissioned for the Los Angeles Opera by Felicity Dahl; by James Clutton for Opera Holland Park, supported by generous donations from the Friends of Opera Holland Park|
|Premiere||July 26, 2010; Yucca Lawn, Holland Park, London; Tim Murray, conductor · Stephen Barlow, production · Sean Turner, scenery|
|Staged performances of this work require licensing.|
|Rental||Performance materials are available for order:|
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.