from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Alzira
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano
, Governor of Peru
Voice Part: baritone Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: The main square of Lima, Peru, mid-16th century
Synopsis: After ordering Ataliba, a tribal head and his prisoner, to offer up his allegiance to Spain, Gusmano also implies that it might be nice if he could have Alzira, Ataliba's daughter. After Ataliba warns him that it may not be the best idea because Alzira loves another, Gusman sings of how he is able to conquer entire nations, but he cannot claim victory over one woman's love.