Ah! the philosopher I see

Opera details:

Opera title:

Nixon in China

Composer:

John Coolidge Adams

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Nixon in China Synopsis

Libretto:

Nixon in China Libretto

Translation(s):

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Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

Mao Tse-tung / Richard Nixon / Henry Kissinger / Chou En-lai

Voice(s):

Tenor / Baritone / Bass / Baritone

Act:

1.05

Previous scene: I can't talk very well
Next scene: You know we'll meet with confrere

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

(They sit down, and the photographers who have
snapped the handshakes continue to photograph
them. The Chairman and the President sit next to
one another at the center of the semi-circle while
the Premier sits next to the Chairman and Dr.
Kissinger sits next to the President, facing each
other, at its ends. The secretaries take their seats
behind the Chairman)


MAO
Ah, the philosopher! I see
Paris can spare you then.


KISSINGER
The Chairman
may be gratified to hear
he's read at Harvard.
I assign all four volumes.


MAO
Those books of mine aren't anything.
Incorporate their words
within a people's thought
as poor men's common sense and try
their strength on women's nerves,
then say they live.


NIXON
The Chairman's book enthralled
a nation, and have changed the world.


MAO
I could not change it.
I'd be glad to think that in the neighborhood of Peking
something will remain.


NIXON
Let us turn our talk towards Taiwan,
Vietnam and the problems there, Japan...


MAO
Save that for the Premier.
My business is philosophy.
Now Doctor Kissinger...


KISSINGER
Who me?


MAO
... has made his reputation in
Foreign affairs.


NIXON
My right hand man.
You'd never think to look at him
that he's James Bond.


CHOU
And all the time
he's doing undercover work.


KISSINGER
I had a cover.


MAO
In the dark
all diplomats are gray.


CHOU
Or gris
when their work takes them to Paris.


KISSINGER
I pull the wool over their...


NIXON
Stop!


MAO
He pulls the wool over their lap.


NIXON
He's a consummate diplomat.
Girls think he's lukewarm
when he's hot.


MAO
You also dally with your girls?


NIXON
His girls, not mine.


KISSINGER
He never tells.


CHOU
And this is an election year.

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