Fernando Cortez

Gaspare Spontini

From Saturday 12 October 2019 To Wednesday 23 October 2019

Date Location Ticketing
Saturday 12 October 2019 20:00 Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Buy
Wednesday 16 October 2019 20:00 Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Buy
Sunday 20 October 2019 15:30 Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Buy
Wednesday 23 October 2019 20:00 Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Buy

Following on from the triumph of Vestale, Gaspare Spontini, the favourite musician of Napoleon, was called on to compose a new opera for the most important theatre in Paris, the Opèra. The choice was for the story of Fernand Cortez, a legendary 16th-century Spanish captain involved in the conquering of Mexico. It was Napoleon himself who asked for a grand heroic opera. Well aware of the power of art as a vehicle for propaganda, the emperor aimed to obtain public support for his military campaign in Spain. The protagonist of the opera, a wise and magnanimous man, whose only desire was to free the Mexican people from the slavery imposed by the superstitious indigenous religion, in fact represented the perfect match for Napoleon, who - like Cortez - wanted to appear as a representative of civil and liberal values. Fernand Cortez made its debut at the Opèra on 28 November 1809. The sumptuous staging, grandiloquent orchestra, spectacular special effects - such as the charging of real horses on the stage - war-like choirs, barbarous dances and even a sentimental touch provided by the love between Cortez and the young indigenous Amazily, guaranteed the opera its hoped-for success. The glory of Napoleon was greatly exalted, and Fernand Cortez became the symbolic opera of his empire

Fabio Luisi

Cecilia Ligorio

Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Chrous Master Lorenzo Fratini

Compagnia Nuovo BallettO di ToscanA
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