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I have my brief

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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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Henry Kissinger

Voice(s):

Bass

Act:

2.11

Previous scene: Flesh rebels
Next scene: It seems so strange

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

(The scene changes to the courtyard of the tyrant's
mansion. Sleek Kuomintang officers, political bosses
and well-fed farmers celebrate their host's birthday.
Waiters pour wine as the guards display their military
training. Dance of the Mercenaries. Hung Chiang
Ch'ing enters, dressed as a foreign merchant. He
is accompanied by the President, who presents the
doorman with a red-and-gilt card. Lao Szu rushes
to greet these exotic guests)


KISSINGER
(as Lao Szu)
I have my brief.
I flatter myself.
I know my man.
The sine qua non
the face on the coin.
You see what I mean.
The empire builder,
the man with his shoulder
against the roulette wheel:
he stands like a stone wall
and sticks of success.
I'm here to liaise
with the backroom boys
who know how to live.
And me, I contrive
to catch a few crumbs...
The ringleaders' names
The gist of their schemes...
Loose change.


NIXON
Here friend, something for you.
You're talking like a real pro.

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