Antonio Vivaldi: Motezuma
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Friday, February 14 at 8:00pm
WPAC - Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall
10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199
“Motezuma,” which first premiered in Venice in 1733, was loosely inspired by the historic 1519 encounters between Hernan Cortes, a Spanish conquistador, and Aztec ruler Montezuma.
The score to this fantastical opera was long considered lost until the year 2002, when a partial copy was discovered in the archives of the Sing-Akademie in Berlin. Since then, “Motezuma” has been reimagined and reconstructed by musicians and artists worldwide.
On February 14, Vivaldi’s treasured work will be brought to life in a new version completed and reconstructed by Mattias Maute, Artistic Director of the Bach Society of Minnesota. In his semi-staged production, the Aztec point of view receives an entirely new focus with a speaking role for Emperor Motezuma, played by actor Pedro Juan Fonseca.
Presented at the FIU Wertheim Performing Arts Center, “Motezuma” is a celebration of cultural and national collaboration. The prestigious Ensemble Caprice, a leading baroque orchestra from Montreal, will perform alongside an international cast of singers from Mexico, Spain, Canada and the United States.
The special performance will also feature a chorus of young students from local South Florida schools as part of RK Cultural Productions’ “Bach to School” outreach program.
This concert will be presented by RK Cultural Productions in partnership with Bach Society of Minnesota, along with the co-sponsorship of FIU School of Music.