Fantastic Mr. Fox

Sunday, December 7, 2014 | 3:00pm
Pre-concert talk with Tobias Picker one hour prior to concert
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
Tobias Picker Fantastic Mr. Fox
John Brancy, Mr. Fox
Krista River, Mrs. Fox
Gabriel Preisser, Farmer Bean
Andrew Craig Brown, Farmer Boggis
Edwin Vega, Farmer Bunce
Elizabeth Futral, Miss Hedgehog
Tynan Davis, Rita the Rat
Andrey Nemzer, Agnes the Digger
Gail Novak Mosites, Mavis the Tractor
John Dooley, Badger the Miner
Jonathan Blalock, Burrowing Mole
Theo Lebow, Mr. Porcupine

A concert performance
A co-production with Odyssey Opera, featuring the Boston Children's Chorus
Libretto by Donald Sturrock after the classic story by Roald Dahl

Gil Rose, conductor

Children under 16 admitted free. Two children tickets per paid adult ticket. Please select and add your adult ticket to the cart and then return to this page to select and add the child ticket.

This 90-minute performance will run with no intermission.

Complementary tickets for friends of the Boston Children's Museum are sold out.

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News and Press

[Concert Review] American Record Guide reviews Fantastic Mr. Fox
Boston's Jordan Hall was host to a concert version of Tobias Picker's 1998 setting of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox on December 7. A good-sized crowd from very young to older folks had assembled to hear Gil Rose lead his two ensembles, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera, in a costumed semi-staged performance of this "family opera". Picker prefers to use this term to describe his morality tale, fearing that "children's opera" is a term frightened with an assumption of "dumbing-down".
American Record Guide Full review
[News Coverage] The High Notes Of Classical Music In 2014
Then only a couple of weeks later, Rose was back with his Boston Modern Orchestra Project in an utterly delightful, imaginatively-costumed concert version of Tobias Picker’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” perhaps a little too grown-up for some of the many youngsters in the audience, but delicious for the grown-ups themselves, full of wittily suggestive verbal and musical jokes.
WBUR Full coverage
[Concert Review] Animals Cavort for Odyssey Opera
Youngsters arrived in droves for the Boston premiere of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox in Sunday afternoon’s Jordan Hall collaboration among the Boston Modern Opera Project, Odyssey Opera, and the Boston Children’s Chorus (Anthony Trecek-King, director). Albeit scrubbed of the assassination, murder, or suicide that characterizes the rest of the composer’s work in the genre, Fox is not an inevitable children’s opera.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer Full review
[Concert Review] BMOP, Odyssey Opera play for the kids at Jordan Hall
Neither the Boston Modern Orchestra Project nor Odyssey Opera is well known for its children’s programming, so it was a particular pleasure to see the dozens of pint-size opera-goers filing into Jordan Hall excitedly on Sunday afternoon. The occasion was Tobias Picker’s family opera, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” with a libretto by Donald Sturrock adapted from the story by Roald Dahl.
The Boston Globe Full review