Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, ossia Lo sposo deluso – highlights (2 December 2020)

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The first OperaWednesday of the advent period was filled with merriment. The best parts from the Mozart pasticcio entitled L'oca del Cairo, ossia Lo sposo deluso were streamed on 2 December 2020, from 8:00 p.m. on Facebook and Origo.hu.

After the success of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart set himself to composing two new operas, but gave up on both of them. In terms of style. We can regard the two fragmentary comedies L'oca del Cairo and Lo sposo deluso as precursors to Figaro and Così, and at times even the world of Don Giovanni is discernable. The completed parts were never staged in Mozart's lifetime, but since his death, however, several successful pasticcios, meaning performances sewn together from excerpts from multiple musical works, have been made. The idea cherished by General Director Szilveszter Ókovács for 25 years was carried out in 2019: to present Mozart's thus-far unknown opera, under the baton of Pál Németh and in a production directed by Attila Toronykőy.

The highlights featuring costumes by Katalin Juhász were staged by Erika Tóth. Soloists of the production were István Kovács (Don Pippo), Anikó Bakonyi (Celidora), Gergely Biri (Calandrino), János Szerekován (Lionetto), Zita Váradi (Lavina), Péter Balczó (Biondello), Máté Fülep (Chichibio) and Klára Jean (piano). The performance was narrated by Dániel Mona.

The performance can be viewed HERE.

Photo by Attila Nagy