Alzira, an opera inspired by Peru
Grand National Theater
Opera written by Giuseppe Verdi, based on the play “Alzire, ou les Américains” (“Alzira, or the Americans) by François-Marie Arouet Voltaire.
The play was premiered in November 2018, at the Gran Teatro Nacional (Lima, Peru), performed by the National Choir and the National Symphony Orchestra; with the special participation of the Argentine soloist Jaquelina Livieri, the Peruvian tenor Juan Antonio de Dompablo and the local baritone Jorge Tello. Directed by Javier Súnico Raborg and produced by Fiorella Roncagliolo.
Alzira is a story set in the viceroyalty of Peru, however, the version presented is chronologically located in the 1920s. In this way, it seeks to give a reading about the conflict that exists between the aristocracy and the indigenous people; a very present theme in the construction of national identity. It presents us with a struggle between Americans for power, as well as the bitter destiny of a woman in a world led by the desires of man.