BOC presents The Cunning Little Vixen February

Boston, Massachusetts – Boston Opera Collaborative (BOC) presents The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček February 4-6, 11-13 at Tower Auditorium, Mass Art, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA. Friday/Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm, Sunday performances begin at 3:00 pm. Roxanna Myhrum directs. Lidiya Yankovskaya conducts. Gabriella Orcha choreographs, featuring Orcha Dance. Pre-performance lecture by Laura Pritchard February 13 at 2:00 pm. Performed in English with supertitles. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors(65+). Tickets are available at www.bostonoperacollaborative.org, or by phone at (617) 517-5883.

When a disgruntled forester tries–and fails–to domesticate a young female fox, his life gets overrun by animal personalities. Part fable, part political satire, part musical meditation on the meaning of life, The Cunning Little Vixen is a modern operatic treasure loved by audiences of all ages.

Roxanna Myhrum (stage director) began her opera directing career with BOC five years ago.  Since then her productions have won great acclaim in the Boston area and beyond.  Last season her innovative production of Ward’s The Crucible was hailed as “high craft” by the Boston Globe and has since been featured in Opera America magazine.  Earlier this year Myhrum and Yankovskaya launched their work on Czech repertoire when they directed Dvorak’s Rusalka for the Diva Day foundation.  In Boston, Myhrum has directed premiers of operatic and theatrical work for Juventas New Music Ensemble, Another Country Productions (SLAM Boston Overall Winner 2010), and Whistler in the Dark; she also served as assistant director and dramaturg for Underground Railway Theatre’s acclaimed production of From Orchids to Octopi.  This spring Myhrum will assistant direct Donizetti’s Maria Padilla for Opera Boston. Myhrum is a graduate of Harvard University and was the first opera directing apprentice of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado.  She currently serves as the Artistic Director of Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, MA.

Lidiya Yankovskaya (music director) In addition to her work as a conductor with Boston Opera Collaborative, Lidiya serves as Conductor and Pianist with Opera Boston and as Music Director of Juventas New Music Ensemble, a professional instrumental ensemble in residency at The Boston Conservatory.  This season’s projects include serving as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for Opera Boston’s production of Hindemith’s Cardillac and collaborating with director Roxanna Myhrum on a production of Dvorak’s opera Rusalka with Diva Day Foundation.  In May, Lidiya will also serve as Music Director for a the Juventas/BOC world premiere of the opera Light and Power by Californian composer Isaac Schankler.  Other recent appearances include music directing Avrom Goldfadn’s opera Shulamis at Harvard University, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Brandeis University, and the premiere of the opera Victory Over the Sun by Russian avant-garde composer Georgy Firtich.  Lidiya received her B.A. in Music, Phi Beta Kappa with Departmental Honors, focusing on piano, voice and conducting from Vassar College.  While at Vassar, she also actively studied Philosophy and languages. Upon graduation, Lidiya received the Francis Walker Prize as the top pianist in her graduating class.  In 2010, Lidiya graduated with an MM in Conducting, Pi Kappa Lambda, from Boston University.  In addition to her work as a conductor, Lidiya is active as a pianist, singer and vocal coach.  She accompanies regularly for Opera Boston and sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Boston Opera Collaborative is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging artists — including singers, directors, conductors, and theater technicians — to bridge the gap between higher education and a career in the arts. Members of Boston Opera Collaborative share in the management of the organization, developing their own skills as artists and administrators through productions and professional development.