Antonio Cagnoni (1828–1896)
23, 26, 29 October | 1 November, 2014
Don Bucefalo is a delightfully good-humoured comic opera distinguished by its melodic inventiveness and is reminiscent of Rossini and Donizetti.
Don Bucefalo was written in 1847 as a graduation work by Antonio Cagnoni (1828–1896), a student at the Milan Conservatory, and was an immediate success. It was performed in several opera houses in Italy and abroad, winning critical and popular acclaim wherever it was staged. Its most obvious predecessor is Donizetti’s 1843 comic masterpiece Don Pasquale. Cagnoni had written two operas before Don Bucefalo and was to write a further seventeen, stylistically moving from the tradition of Rossini and Donizetti towards Leoncavallo and verismo. However, he failed to recapture the ease and fluency of Don Bucefalo in his later works.
Don Bucefalo introduces himself as a singing teacher, extolling the rewards of working in the theatre: travel, love, wealth and luxuries. Rosa takes him up on his offer of singing lessons as a means of bettering herself socially, and Don Bucefalo and Don Marco compose an opera and prepare for its performance. But before the (inevitable) happy ending there is rivalry between singers, marital jealousy, the return of a long-lost husband, and the difficulties of putting on a new opera.
Proudly presented in association with Italian Institute of Culture – Dublin
- Sergio Alapont
- Stage Director
- Kevin Newbury
- Set Designer
- Victoria (Vita) Tzykun
- Costume Designer
- Jessica Jahn
- Lighting Designer
- DM Wood