I don't daydream and don't look back

Opera details:

Opera title:

Nixon in China

Composer:

John Coolidge Adams

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Nixon in China Synopsis

Libretto:

Nixon in China Libretto

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Pat Nixon

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2.01

Previous scene: This is the hour
Next scene: Look down at the earth

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:


Scene 1: Mrs. Nixon views China

(It is morning of February 22, another cold day.
Although it is snowing, the First Lady wears no
protection for the blonde hair. She has gone off
on her own for a sight-seeing trip. Anti-American
posters have been torn off walls, market stalls are
piled with goods, children in snowsuits wave the
flag. Mrs. Nixon is "loving every minute of it". She
has just shaken hands with many of the one hundred
and fifteen kitchen workers at the Peking Hotel. Ahead
on her schedule are the Evergreen People's Commune,
the Summer Palace and the Ming Tombs. In the evening
there will bet the opera. The citizens of Peking,
seconded from their factories to clear the streets, look
up and smile as the knot of guides and reporters pauses
in its progress)


PAT
I don't daydream and don't look back,
in this world you can't count on luck.
I think what is to be will be in spite of us,
I treat each day like Christmas.
Never have I cared for trivialities. Good Lord!
Trivial things are not for me,
I come from a poor family.
This little elephant in glass
brings back so many memories.
The symbol of our party, prize of our success,
our sacred cow surrounded by blind Brahmins,
slow Musclebound, well-dressed, half-awake,
with Liberty upon her back.
Tell me, is it one of a kind?


CHORUS
It has been carefully designed
by workers at this factory.
They can make hundreds every day.


PAT
Wonderful!

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