Two Mozart fragments from 1783

Unfortunately unfinished: “L’oca del Cairo” and “Lo Sposo Deluso”

L'oca del Cairo

Vienna Chamber Opera 2006 Photo: Austrian Theatre Museum, Vienna / Barbara Palffy
1783
Salzburg
L'oca del Cairo

L'oca del Cairo

Vienna Chamber Opera 2006 Photo: Austrian Theatre Museum, Vienna / Barbara Palffy

Finally Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Constanze were married – against the will of father Leopold, who had refused to give his consent, but Wolfgang got his way. In 1783 Mozart’s first son Raimund Leopold was born. It was a time without worries, full of happiness and love. Mozart composed as if he were possessed and guests constantly frequented his house.

After the success of “The Abduction from the Seraglio”, Mozart started working on two operas at the same time:

L’oca del Cairo – The Goose of Cairo

A father locks his daughter in a tower to keep her away from her paramour. After a lot of confusion and trickery, in which a big mechanical goose plays an important role, the father admits defeat.

This opera remains a fragment, as Mozart was not satisfied with the libretto. After a few drafts, as always fantastic music for arias, duets and the finale, he stopped working. After all, he had a second opera project:

Lo Sposo Deluso – The Deluded Bridegroom

Three ladies – Emilia, Metilda and Laurina – compete for the bridegroom of Emilia, who was presumed dead and has recently returned. This Mozart opera was supposed to have a happy end after chaotic confusion. But it was not to be. The opera remains a fragment which was never performed in Mozart’s time.

It took three long years until the next Mozart opera came into existence: “The Impresario” was composed in 1786. In the meantime Mozart acquired fame as a celebrated pianist.