Sept. 23, 26, 27 and 28(m), 2014
What better choice for OPERA San Antonio's first production than a fun, entertaining comic opera that the whole family can enjoy? Roald Dahl's beloved Fantastic Mr. Fox adapted for the operatic stage by OPERA SA Artistic Director, Tobias Picker, was sold out by the time it opened as our inaugural production in the Tobin Center’s Carlos Alvarez Studio Theatre. Featured were the 2013 Winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, baritone John Brancy in the title role, alongside soprano Elizabeth Futral, under the baton of OPERA San Antonio Resident Conductor Andres Cladera.
Director Erica Olden and designer Emily Carew Woodard worked together on a breathtaking new production that truly brought the characters of Dahl’s novel to life in a way that enchanted opera and music lovers of all ages.
The clever Mr. Fox supports his family by sneaking into the farms of the mean and curmudgeonly farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean, grabbing whatever livestock he can find and bringing it back for his family to feast on. Fed up by Mr. Fox's antics, the three farmers devise various plans to catch Fox in the act---with no success.
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.
RITA THE RAT
AGNES THE DIGGER
MAVIS THE TRACTOR
Gail Novak Mosites
Andrew Craig Brown
Emily Carew Woodard