Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on BMOP Sound
A new recording of Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox has been released by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP). Gil Rose leads a cast of star singers including John Brancy as Mr. Fox, Edwin Vega as Farmer Bruce, and Elizabeth Futral as Miss Hedgehog. For more information about the new CD and to order a copy, click here.
A modern fable, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story about good vs. evil, animal vs. human, nature vs. technology. With the help of the other creatures of the forest, Mr. Fox must outwit his human adversaries to keep his family safe. Mr. Fox finds that he may have stolen one hen too many from the henhouse, as farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean (one fat, one short, one lean) conspire to rid their lands of the Fox family once and for all. But our Fox family friends are able to evade capture with the help of some woodland allies, 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 vain in the rain. In addition to the original English language text, the opera is also available in a German singing translation.
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Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998)
libretto (Eng) by Donald Sturrock, based on the book by Roald Dahl
for 2 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 3 tenors, 2 baritones, bass-baritone, bass and children's chorus
Reduced Orchestration Version (arr. 2010)
Chamber Version for 7 players (arr. 2010)