This opera is based on an historical voyage from Naples to the Pacific Ocean from 1789-1794. Malaspina leads a scientific exploration to the new world, America, looking for happiness. The subjects also include the politics of colonization, the colonized and the colonizers. Because of so many different languages and cultures, it is not possible for the peoples to talk and violence surges. Malaspina returns to Spain to denounce what it is happening with the indigenous American people. Malaspina is unfairly judged by the court of Carlos IV. Not permitted to defend himself, he is condemned to exile. In this final aria, Malaspina rests and remembers his childhood in his native country. He listens to a feminine voice which appears to be speaking Italian. This woman appears as a dream. The lyrics makes allusion to the rain which falls slowly over the lake, where the stars are reflecting during the night. It is a piece of Spanish contemporary surrealism.
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