Iconic Productions: Fantastic Mr. Fox

“After completing my first opera, Emmeline (1996), a human tragedy, I longed to write something about the inhabitants of a very different world. Fantastic Mr. Fox is an opera for ages five through one hundred and five. I began reading Roald Dahl when I was eight years old, and I have come to relish the unique sense of humor and to know of his compassion for children. And so it is a perfect joy for me to be able to write an opera to Donald Sturrock’s libretto, which sparkles with wit and love and tells a story that has reawakened the child in me.” –Tobias Picker on composing Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998); Photo: Ken Howard

Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998); Photo: Ken Howard

Fantastic Mr. Fox had its world premiere at LA Opera in 1998. Based on the popular Roald Dahl story, the opera starred Gerald Finley as the titular character. When his family of foxes is threatened by a group of farmers, Mr. Fox and his animal friends take revenge by causing mayhem in the farmyards. An amusing morality tale, Fantastic Mr. Fox was one of Dahl’s most popular stories and remains beloved by children and adults alike – making it the perfect material for a fantastical opera.

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