1815 – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Following Napoleon’s final defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Capodistrias, as head of the Russian diplomatic mission, accompanied Tsar Alexander, who appointed him Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs. In Paris, Capodistrias tried to save France from the expansionist tendencies of her neighbouring states. He also helped sign the treaty that created the United States of the Ionian Islands under British ‘protection’.

The one-act opera ‘Don Crepusculo’ was composed by Nikolaos Chalikopoulos Mantzaros (1795-1872) in 1815.