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Verdi, Voltaire and the Americas

Giuseppe Verdi, Vanity Fair 1879

Peter van de Graaff continues his year-long celebration of Verdi at 200 with this little-known work, Alzira, written for the opera house in Naples. Verdi bases the work on a play by Voltaire called Alzire, ou les Américains, which places the action amid the Inca’s struggle against the Spaniards. The exotic setting

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George Preston