Alzira, first coproduction of Gran Teatro Nacional of Perú

Alzira Gran Teatro Nacional del Perú

The co-production of Gran Teatro Nacional of Lima, the ABAO (Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera) and the Royal Opera of Wallonie – Liége of Belgium, began to take place during the first World Opera Forum in Madrid last April and will be presented until November 18th at the Lima stage


In the framework of the celebrations for the Bicentennial of the Independence of Peru, the Ministry of Culture together with Gran Teatro Nacional of Lima present the opera Alzira (1845) by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, from November 9th to 18th.


The Peruvian artist Jean Pierre Gamarra performs the stage direction of this performance and the musical direction is in charge of the renowned Spanish director Oliver Díaz. The main roles are played by the Argentine soprano Jaquelina Livieri (Alzira), the tenor Juan Antonio de Dompablo (Zamoro) and the Lima baritone Jorge Tello (Gusmano), together with a large number of singers that make up the National Choir and musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra.


It is important to note that for the first time, Peru is co-producing an opera with European institutions, in which the Teatro Nacional de Lima of the Ministry of Culture of Peru, the Royal Opera of Wallonie-Liége of Belgium and the ABAO (Bilbao Friends Association) participate. of the Opera), theaters in which Alzira will be presented in 2020.


The work, with a libretto by Salvatore Cammarano and inspired by the novel “Alzira and the Americans” by Voltaire, takes place on a plain next to the Rímac river. The putting of Alzira sustains a dialogue between the history of Peru without rigorous verisimilitude and historicism that uses the anachronism and appears on the stage with an essential poetry that is confronted with a pure creature and a civilization that corrupts it, a period of conflict between the aristocratic government and the indigenous people. The abstract space represents a piece of land desecrated and violated, just like its protagonist. This Alzira is about a dialectical battle between European America and the American landowner, the struggle for supremacy, and the tragic destiny of a woman in a world guided by the obsessions of man.  


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