I can't talk very well

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):

Not entered yet.

Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

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

Voice(s):

Tenor / Baritone / Baritone

Act:

1.04

Previous scene: We live in an unsettled time
Next scene: Ah! the philosopher I see

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

(The incandescent lamps are the lamps of Chairman
Mao's study. They are old-fashioned standard lamps
with tasselled shades. Books lie open everywhere, face
down or face up. The walls are filled with books, most
of them stuffed with long paper bookmark. Chairman
Mao Tse-tung is seated on one of several over-stuffed
brown slip-covered armchairs arranged in a semi-
circle. Several Chinese photographers slip into the
room, then President Nixon, Premier Chou En-lai
and Dr. Kissinger make their entrance. A girl secretary
(one of three who will sit on straight chairs behind
Mao and sing back-up) takes the Chairman's arm
and he hoists himself out of the chair and advances
to shake hands)


MAO
I can't talk very well. My throat...


NIXON
I'm nearly speechless
with delight just to be here


MAO
We're even then.
That is the right way to begin.
Our common old friend Chiang Kai-shek
with all his virtues would not look
too kindly on all this.
We seem to be beneath the likes of him.
You've seen his latest speech?


NIXON
You bet.
It was a scorcher. Still, he's spit
into the wind before, and will again.
That puts it into scale.
You shouldn't despise Chiang.


MAO
No fear of that.
We're followed his career for generations.
There's not much beneath our notice.


CHOU
We will touch
On this in our communiqué.

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