Librettist: Salvatore Cammarano
Based on, Alzire, ou Les Américains a play by Voltaire.
Lima and other regions of Peru, about the middle of the sixteenth century.
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
Irne lungi ancor dovrei
I numi tuoi
Copyright © 1996, Stephen L. Parker