Spontini : Fernando CortezTorino, 1974 (Audio)
Director: Lovro Von Matacic
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The opera is based on the story of the Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortés, and his invasion of Aztec Mexico.
At the beginning of the opera, Cortez persuades his mutinous troops not to embark for home. His brother, Alvaro, is a prisoner of the Aztecs and Cortez is also in love with the Aztec princess, Amazily.
Amazily's brother, Télasco, arrives and tells the Spaniards to leave Mexico.Cortez responds by setting fire to his own ships.
The Spaniards advance on the Aztec temple with Télasco their prisoner. They succeed in freeing Alvaro. Télasco accuses his sister Amazily of being a traitor and the Aztecs threaten to behead her if Alvaro is not returned to them. Amazily decides to sacrifice herself and hands herself over to the Aztecs. Cortez orders his men to attack the temple.
In the temple, the priests prepare to sacrifice Alvaro when Amazily arrives. An oracle from the god announces that he wants the blood of his enemies. News arrives that the Aztec emperor Montezuma has been captured by the Spaniards.
The high priest decides to go ahead with the sacrifice of Amazily.
The Spaniards arrive just in time to save her. Amazily and Cortez are united
Lovro Von Matacic
Antonio Blancas Laplaza