Guarany, Il [O Guarani (‘The Guaraní’)]
- Gerard Béhague
[O Guarani (‘The Guaraní’)]
Opera-ballo in four acts by Carlos Gomes to a libretto by Antonio Scalvini and Carlo D’Ormeville after José de Alencar’s novel; Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 19 March 1870.
The action takes place near Rio de Janeiro in 1560. A group of hunters approaches the castle of Don Antonio de Mariz (bass), a Portuguese nobleman; among them are Don Alvaro (tenor) and the Spanish adventurer Gonzales (baritone), both in love with Don Antonio’s daughter, Cecilia (soprano). Peri (tenor), son of the chief of the Guaraní tribe, appears, and Don Antonio thanks him for saving his daughter’s life by rescuing her from the Aymoré Indians. Cecilia enters and her father announces that Don Alvaro will be her husband; she answers that she is ready to obey but intimates that she does not love Alvaro. With two of his companions, Gonzales plots against Don Antonio. Peri, who has heard them, warns Cecilia of the plot. As they part, they declare their mutual love....