The complete score for Giuseppe Verdi's Alzira
Cast of Characters
Alvaro, Bass,father of Gusmano, initially Governor of Peru
Gusmano, Baritone,Governor of Peru
Ovando, Tenor,a Spanish Duke
Zamoro, Tenor,leader of a Peruvian tribe
Ataliba, Bass,leader of a Peruvian tribe
Alzira, Soprano,Ataliba's daughter
Zuma, Mezzo-soprano,her maid
Otumbo, Tenor,an American warrior
Spanish officers and soldiers, Americans of both sexes.
Lima and other regions of Peru, about the middle of the sixteenth century.
Premiered at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Italy; 12th August 1845.
Spanish soldiers have invaded Peru. Numerous unsuccessful attempts have been made to dislodge them. Amidst the chaos, Alzira is imprisoned. Gusmano covets Alzira and trades Zamora's life for her hand in marriage. Gusmano and Alzira are about to be married when Zamora enters and stabs Gusmano to death. Dying, Gusmano blesses the marriage of Alzira and Zamora.
Dio della guerra
Da Gusman, su fragil barca
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