L'Oca del Cairo
The Goose of Cairo
Dramma giocosa per musica, in 3 acts
L'Oca del Cairo was not completed.
The complete libretto exists, but Mozart composed only seven of the ten
numbers (in short score) from Act 1, along with some recitative; another
number was sketched. The music was composed in 1783.
The existing music was first published in 1855, and performed in concert
in 1860. Since 1867, several stageable versions have been prepared from
the extant music and other compositions.
- Don Pippo, Marchese di Ripasecca, in love with Lavina (bass)
- Donna Pantea, his wife, believed dead, living across the bay
under the name of Sandra (soprano? no extant music)
- Celidora, their only daughter, intended by her father to marry
Count Lionetto of Casavuota, in love with Biondello (soprano)
- Biondello, a wealthy gentleman of Ripaseca (tenor)
- Calandrino, Donna Pantea's nephew, friend of Biondello and
lover of Lavina (tenor)
- Lavina, Celidora's companion (soprano)
- Chichibio, Don Pippo's major-domo, in love with Auretta
- Auretta, Donna Pantea's chambermaid (soprano)
- [Wigmakers, Tailor, Shoemaker, Sailors and Dockers, Barrowboys,
Populace, Courtiers, Servants of Biondello and Calandrino, Soldiers guarding
Setting: Ripasecca, a city on the coast of Spain.
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