Premiered: August 12, 1845 - Teatro San Carlo, NaplesSetting of Alzira:
Verdi's Alzira takes place in 16th century Peru. Other Verdi Opera Synopses:
Falstaff, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Stiffelio, & Il Trovatore
The Story of Alzira
Alzira, ACT 1
Within Ataliba's quarters in the palace, Ataliba enters the room as Alzira wakes. She describes a bad dream to her father - she was fleeing from Gusmano, but felt comfort from Zamoro as he shined down upon her from a star in the heavens. Alzira and Ataliba do not know that Zamoro is alive. Ataliba, wanting to secure peace, urges his daughter to marry Gusmano. Just then, Zamoro enters the room. Thinking he is a ghostly spirit, Alzira is frightened. When she calms down, she is reassured he is, in fact, alive and well, and the two proclaim their love for one another. As they embrace, Gusmano enters the room and catches them. He immediately orders his men to arrest and execute Zamoro. Before, the men escort Zamoro away, Alvaro demands Zamoro be released, because Zamoro spared Alvaro's life. Gusmano angrily agrees, but demands Zamoro fight with his fellow Indians, who have just started to invade Lima. There, Gusmano will fight him in battle.
Alzira, ACT 2
Otumba arrives to free Zamoro from a rocky cave. He learns that Alzira has agreed to marry Gusmano in order to save his life. Full of sadness, he decides to shed blood rather than tears. He sets his heart on vengeance and determines to stop the marriage. Zamoro dons a Spanish uniform and infiltrates the palace. As Gusmano makes his way to the marriage alter, Zamoro attacks him with a knife. Having been fatally stabbed, Gusmano falls to the floor. After admitting his mistakes and forgiving Zamoro, he blesses the union between Zamoro and Alzira.