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Conquest opera - Gaspare Spontini’s “Fernand Cortez” 
The Emperor Napoleon, like Hernán Cortés, saw himself as the conqueror of great empires. Gaspare Spontini was intended to bring the fame of Cortés to the operatic stage. Hence the genesis of the opera “Fernand Cortez”. But when the Emperor was defeated, a complicated series of reworkings of the opera began. 
“Fernand Cortez” is thus the opera which occupied Spontini for an exceptionally long time: with interruptions, he worked on the score for a total of 24 years. In particular, the third and fourth versions document his struggles to find a satisfactory solution for the ending. It also seems typical of the composer’s artistic late phase, which was characterized by waning artistic inspiration but at the same time, an increased perfectionism taken to extremes.
The Theater Dortmund was staging on April, 7, 2022, the third version of 1824, conducted by Christoph JK Müller and staged by Eva-Maria Höckmayr. 

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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