from Prologue of the Italian opera Alzira
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano
, the head of a Peruvian tribe
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto
Setting: A vast plain, Peru, mid-16th century
Synopsis: Zamoro has returned from being captured by the Governor of Peru, Gusmano, and his troops. His tribesmen are surprised to see him alive, thinking that he had been killed by Gusmano's torture. After he rails against the injustice that Gusmano has caused him and his people, his tribesmen tell him that Alzira and her father Ataliba, another tribal head, have been taken prisoner by Gusmano. Zamoro resolves to save them from the governor's cruel hands. He then launches in this cabaletta, describing the rebellious air that has been pervading his people.