Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera
Tobias Picker’s beloved family opera, Fantastic Mr. Fox, receives a concert performance on December 7 at Boston’s Jordan Hall, conducted by Gil Rose and co-produced by the Boston Modern Opera Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera. Based on the story by Roald Dahl, Picker’s three-act opera features a libretto by Donald Sturrock, and is performed by BMOP in its original version for full orchestra.
Fantastic Mr. Fox was commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera which produced the world premiere in 1998 with Peter Ash conducting and with stage direction by Sturrock. Since the premiere, the work has received numerous productions in venues across the globe. Picker writes:
I’ve always loved Dahl, because of the way the adult undercurrent runs underneath the story… The opera is full of symbolism, for those who want to find it… The underground world of the foxes is the unconscious natural world, and the above-ground world of the humans is cold and mechanistic. You could say there’s a green message there. I don’t really think of this as a children’s opera. It’s more of a family opera, which is a genre I’d like to encourage.
BMOP’s performance reunites nearly the entire cast from OPERA San Antonio’s recent acclaimed production (called “spritzy” and “delicious” by OPERA NEWS), including John Brancy in the title role, with Krista River as Mrs. Fox and Elizabeth Futral as Miss Hedgehog. Following the performance, BMOP records Fantastic Mr. Fox for the work’s premiere commercial release on the BMOP Sound label.
For more Fantastic Mr. Fox concert details, visit bmop.org.