The nine performances of the opera, through December 18, are the first ever for the Lyric of the 1924 opera, a whimsical tale set in a forest populated by foxes, a badger, and chickens, as well as a few humans.
Chas Rader-Shieber, the former artistic director of Milwaukee's Skylight Opera Theatre, directs the Lyric's production; he is joined by two frequent collaborators, set and costume designer David Zinn and lighting designer Leonore Doxsee. All three are making their debuts at the Lyric.
The cast includes soprano Dina Kuznetsova as the Vixen and and French baritone and film actor Jean-Philippe Lafont as the Forester who captures her and brings her home as a pet. Andrew Davis, the Lyric's music director, conducts.