Opera Kansas Presents Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Opera Kansas presents a new production of Tobias Picker's beloved opera, Fantastic Mr. Fox on September 22-23 using the composer's chamber version of the work for seven players. Kenneth Tysick conducts and Ashley Winters directs.

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.

Named “our finest composer for the lyric stage” by The Wall Street Journal, Tobias Picker's operas are filled with exquisitely lyrical and dramatically potent arias which have been collected into anthologies for various voice types. Collections for SopranoMezzo-SopranoTenor, and Baritone/Bass are available from Schott Music in print and digital formats.

Listen to Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox in the chamber version here:

(Tobias Picker/Fantastic Mr. Fox/OPERA San Antonio/Andres Cladera, conductor/Erica Olden, director)

To learn more about Tobias Picker, please visit schott-music.com.

Tobias Picker

Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998)
opera in three acts (chamber version for 7 players)
libretto by Donald Sturrock
based on the book by Roald Dahl
arranged by Francesco Cilluffo (2010)
German version by Frank Wenzel
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
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Tobias Picker’s “Dolores Claiborne” at the Boston University Opera Institute

Boston University’s Opera Institute performs the chamber version of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne,  conducted by William Lumpkin, on February 21-24, 2019.  Picker notes, “Dolores Claiborne is a character destined for the operatic stage – passionate, desperate, trapped. She will do anything to save the daughter who despises her. Pushed to the extreme edge of life, she does what she has to, fearless and forsaken.”Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Dolores Claiborne was hailed in its premiere production at the San Francisco Opera as “a brilliant musical incarnation” and “a momentous addition to the expanding canon of American opera” (Huffington Post). The new chamber version was jointly commissioned by New York City Opera and the Opera Institute at Boston University.

For more information on Tobias Picker, visit schott-music.com.

Tobias Picker

Dolores Claiborne (2013, arr. 2017)
an opera in two acts (chamber version)
libretto (Eng) by J.D. McClatchy, based on the novel by Stephen King
for two sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass-baritone
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The Nashville Symphony Performs Tobias Picker’s “The Encantadas”

The Nashville Symphony, led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, performs Tobias Picker’s The Encantadas on March 8-9, 2019 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, featuring the composer as narrator. Tobias Picker draws his text from Herman Melville’s vivid and poetic descriptions of the sea-swept Galapagos Islands he visited in 1841, as part of a whaling voyage he undertook to gather background material for Moby Dick. Each of the six movements evokes a different picture of life in the islands’ equatorial wilderness. The composer capitalizes on the enchantment implicit in Melville’s title and so richly developed in the narration, aptly probing the sinister undercurrent that emerges from the text.

(Tobias Picker/The Encantadas/Houston Symphony Orchestra/
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor/Sir John Geilgud, narrator)

Tobias Picker
The Encantadas (1983)
for narrator and chamber orchestra
text (avail in En, Sp, Ger, Jap) by Herman Melville


Boston University’s Opera Institute presents Emmeline

Boston University’s Opera Institute presents Emmeline

  Boston University’s Opera Institute mounts a new production of Tobias Picker’s acclaimed first opera, Emmeline, directed by Jim Petosa and conducted by William Lumpkin. The pr...Read More »
30th Anniversary of Tobias Picker’s Old and Lost Rivers

30th Anniversary of Tobias Picker’s Old and Lost Rivers

  This season marks the 30th anniversary of Tobias Picker’s beloved orchestral tone-poem, Old and Lost Rivers. Numerous orchestras across the country are celebrating the occasion with performa...Read More »
Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” at Emerald City Opera

Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” at Emerald City Opera

Colorado’s Emerald City Opera presents two performances of Tobias Picker’s beloved family opera Fantastic Mr. Fox in a production directed by Erica Olden and conducted by Robert Frankenberry. The ...Read More »
“Emmeline” in New Production at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

“Emmeline” in New Production at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

On June 13, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis mounts a major new production of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, the first new full-scale staging of the work since its premiere in 1996. The production, led by Ge...Read More »
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