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How thin you are

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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Choir details:

Type:

choir

Role(s):

Women

Voice(s):

n/a

Act:

2.08

Previous scene: Oh! what a day
Next scene: Whip her to death

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

(Ching-hua embraces the other women. They
dance while the women in the chorus sing)


CHORUS
(as Ching-hua)
How thin you are!
If every scar
on this poor back
could only speak,
these walls would crack,
this thick-walled heart
cast in the dirt
would raise the cry
"Hate Tyranny!"


(Suddenly she seizes the whip from Lao Szu's hand,
brandishes it, and kicks him to the ground. Just as
the guard lays hands on her, the two women fling
themselves on the guard and Lao Szu. Ching-hua
escapes)


CHORUS
(as Ching-hua)
The land outside
this cell is red,
running with blood,
hot in the sun
we have not seen
not until now
now let me through!


PAT
Doesn't he look like you know who!


(At once the scene changes to the coconut
grove. Mercenaries in battle dress run,
crouching slightly, through the clearing.
Ching-hua enters, dancing. She is quick
and wary and eludes the dispersing troops)


CHORUS
(as Ching-hua)
Can't find the path...
Must find the path...

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