Staged reading from the story by the same name by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
by and with Peppe Servillo
live music by Natalio Luis Mangalavite

Tenochtitlán, 30 June 1520. It was the last night for the Spaniards in the capital of the Aztec Empire and has gone down in history as the Noche Triste. After the Templo Mayor massacre, the Tlaxcaltecs´ hatred of the conquistadores rose like a tide and mixed with the rain beating down furiously on the city, overwhelming Hernán Cortés´ men in disorderly and bloody retreat. So desperate was the attempt to flee that many left the looted gold behind so they could run to salvation without being weighted down. Not him, the blue-eyed soldier who had no intention of relinquishing at any cost the promise that the treasure held, the promise that had brought him thus far. It was the price to pay for his courage, for which he had sacrificed everything, even his fear. Occhi azzurri is a perfect miniature, in which a night of metal against metal and blood captures the sense of two universes colliding: in the roar of battle, in the terror that enveloped everything in its dark cloak of death, the gentle breath of desire, hope and love transpired, a reminder of how the most terrible pages of History also often turn out to be – without falling into contradiction – unforgettable and magnificent.


Peppe Servillo
The Neapolitan singer, actor and author, Peppe Servillo founded the Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel in 1980. His artistic journey coincides for the most part with that of his group, with which he has released numerous albums and received major awards. A multifaceted artistic personality, he has composed songs for performers such as Fiorella Mannoia, Patty Pravo and Andrea Bocelli, produced soundtracks and acted in a number of films, including Domenica by Wilma Labate, La felicità non costa niente by Mimmo Calopresti, Quijote by Mimmo Paladino, Lascia perdere Johnny by Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Into Paradiso by Paola Randi, and Passione by John Turturro. In theatre he has worked in numerous shows, including: Sconcerto, Le voci di dentro, La parola canta, along with his brother, Toni Servillo. Since 2023 his most recent venture, where he is on stage with part of the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio in the Nevica sulla mia mano show, is based on the historic Dalla/Roversi collaboration.


Natalio Luis Mangalavite
Born in Cordoba, Argentina, Natalio Luis Mangalavite is a pianist, arranger and composer. He has participated as a vocal coach in the reality musical show “Operazione Trionfo” on Italia1 and the Rai programme “Superstar”, as well as playing in orchestra on “Domenica in” and “Fantastico”. He teaches Latin Jazz at the Saint Louis school in Rome and leads various jazz-folk projects. He boasts collaborations with top Italian and Argentinian musicians, including Ornella Vanoni, Fabio Concato, Peppe Servillo, Tosca, Javier Girotto, Fabrizio Bosso, Paolo Fresu, Avion Travel, the Solis String Quartet and the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia.

Thursday 21 March, 20:45

Convento San Francesco

Pordenone - Via della Motta, 13

Admission fee, ticket with numbered seat:
– full price: €10.00 (+ €1.00 presale fee for online purchases)
– reduced price for Supporting Members and students under 25: €8.00 (box office only)
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