In 1783, Mozart set himself to composing two new operas, but gave up on both of them. After completing nearly all of the first of the planned three acts of L’oca del Cairo, Mozart dropped the work owing to textual problems. He then set to work on the opera buffa Lo sposo deluso, but did not complete this work either. The musical style of the two abandoned comedies can be considered a forerunner to both Figaro and Così, and sometimes one can even recognise the world of Don Giovanni. Although the completed parts were never staged in Mozart’s lifetime, since his death, several successful pasticcios have been made of them. None, however, attempted to integrate only the two artistic fragments dating from the same period, even though there are possible points of connections, and the similarities of their stories to Seraglio is marvellous.
An idea cherished by General Director Szilveszter Ókovács for 25 years, the Hungarian State Opera presented Mozart’s thus-far unknown operatic work and, under the baton of Pál Németh and in a production directed by Attila Toronykőy, to inaugurate the theatre hall of the Eiffel Art Studios in Budapest with it in April 2019.
Cast: István Kovács (Don Pippo), Anikó Bakonyi (Celidora), Gergely Biri (Calandrino), János Szerekován (Lionetto), Zita Váradi (Lavina), Péter Balczó (Biondello), Bori Keszei (Auretta), Máté Fülep (Chichibio)
Featuring the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus (chorus director: Gábor Csiki).
Conductor: Pál Németh
Further information: https://operavision.eu/