Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini (14 November 1774 – 24 January 1851) was an Italian opera composer and conductor. Born in Maiolati, Papal State (now Maiolati Spontini, Province of Ancona), he spent most of his career in Paris and Berlin, but returned to his place of birth at the end of his life. During the first two decades of the 19th century, Spontini was an important figure in French opera. In his more than twenty operas, Spontini strove to adapt Gluck's classical tragédie lyrique to the contemporary taste for melodrama, for grander spectacle (in Fernand Cortez for example), for enriched orchestral timbre, and for melodic invention allied to idiomatic expressiveness of words.
Fernand Cortez (2019/2020)
Fernand Cortez by G. Spontini, from Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2019 / 2020. Directed by Cecilia Ligorio, conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, starring Luca Lombardo, Gianluca Margheri, Alexia Voulgaridou, Dario Schmunck, David Ferri Durà, André Courville, Lisandro Guinis and Leonardo Melani. P...