Opera Sets: The Goose of Cairo

The Goose of Cairo, created by Maurice Sendak for New York City Opera’s production of Mozart’s interlude (1984). The original opera, L’Oca del Cairo, was written and unfinished by Mozart in 1783.  In 1986, Goose of Cairo became a double bill along side Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are opera in Kansas City, MO.  The original goose sculpture is an animatronic statue with large, fluttering eyes, legs that waddle, a beak that quacks, and is made out of a mix of fiberglass, metal wires, fabrics, etc.  Inside its steel skeleton is room for two persons who, during the show, burst out on stage to sing.


Additional Props from The Goose of Cairo