Reviews

Michael Dungan, writing for The Irish Times, Saturday 18th January, 2014, calls RIAM Opera’s The Cunning Little Vixen“…[a] mind-blowing production.”

“With a bold, energetic sweep of artistic licence, the massive ensemble of woodland creatures has morphed into a riotous assembly of faintly animal-derived but essentially rather more gentle Mad Max extras who appear suddenly from all corners of the theatre and from the trapdoors, sheds and oblique structures of the ingenious set design by the Dún Laoghaire students, constructed by students from Trinity’s Lir Academy.”

Ioana Pipelea as Vixen
Ioana Pipelea as Vixen. (Photo from The Irish Times)

“Each creature is an individual study, not only in costume, hair, headgear and make-up, but also in personality and movement, reacting with subtle differences to the main action.”

“The whole thing is so energetic, so prodigiously imagined by an army of creative young minds, that it ends up being hugely stimulating.”

“It seems invidious to single out individuals from the enormous, accomplished cast. However, the Vixen of soprano Ioana Pipelea leads charismatically, nicely foiled by the refinement and cool of baritone Gyula Nagy as Gamekeeper.”

Dick O’Riordan writing in The Sunday Business Post, Sunday 26th January, 2014, calls RIAM Opera’s The Cunning Little Vixen: “…[an] imaginatively staged production.”

“Conductor David Adams and his ensemble deserve great credit, as does Sarah Jane Shiels for precise lighting in a fast-moving environment.”

“The wedding scene between playboy Fox (Gemma Ní Bhriain) and coquettish Vixen (Ioana Pipelea) was an enchanting highlight, showcasing the abilities of two outstanding singing talents.”

“The Gamekeeper (Gyula Nagy) provided the core strength needed both vocally and dramatically for the action to evolve credibly, his exultant oration to the glory of nature was performed with conviction and was truly affecting.”

“The Vixen’s nine cubs were just one delightful entity of many in a thoroughly satisfying performance.”

“This opera, coming on the backs of previous successes Handel’s Semele and Britten’s Albert Herring, augurs well for the future of this cultural troika.”

The Cunning Little Vixen Publicity Shot
Cast Members: Rachel Croash and Andrew Jones
(Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland)

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