The Fox and the Crow

Miniature one-act comic opera

Duration 7’
Instrumentation soprano, baritone, harp, cello
First Performance August 2011, in and around London; Sian Winstanley (soprano), Danny Broad (baritone), Corentin Chassard (cello), Claudia Studer (harp)
Libretto by Kate Kennedy
Directed by Bill Bankes-Jones
Commissioned by Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival

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Based on one of the ancient fables by Aesop – each a ‘lite bite’, but a morsel with a punchy message. Here the animals show us the perils of vanity and self-love; if only the Crow hadn’t been so enamoured with the sound of her own voice, she would not have relinquished the cheese she held in her beak, and the flattering fox would not have triumphed!