Graun: Montezuma

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Catalog: C7085
Format: CD

Conchita Julian (Tezeuco), Encarnacion Vazquez (Montezuma), Dorothea Wirtz (Eupaforice), Maria Luisa Tamez (Ferdinando Cortes), Lourdes Ambriz (Pilpatoè), Ana Caridad Acosta (Narvès) Kammerchor Cantica Nova & Deutsche Kammeracademie,, Johannes Goritzki

This 1992 performance of Carl Heinrich Graun’s 1755 opera might seem a bit old-fashioned by today’s standards of performing baroque and early classical works: male roles sung by female singers (no countertenors to take on castrato parts) and a non-period instrument orchestra. Written to be performed before Frederick the Great, who was the librettist (did Frederick see himself in this part?), Montezuma mixes fact with lots of fiction. Cortes is a deceitful bad guy who brings the peace-loving Montezuma and the Aztec empire to ruin. And of course Montezuma has a love interest: his adoring wife Eupaforice.

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