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This is the hour

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):

Chou En-lai / Richard Nixon / Pat Nixon / Henry Kissinger

Voice(s):

Baritone / Baritone / Soprano / Bass

Act:

1.13

Previous scene: Mr. Premier distinguished guests
Next scene: I don't daydream and don't look back

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

(President Nixon and Premier Chou toast each other,
then Mrs. Nixon. Caught up in the spirit of friendship,
the banqueters go from table to table toasting one
another while the band plays old favourites. The
banquet has become something very like a square
dance)


NIXON
This is the hour!


CHOU
Your health!


PAT
And yours!


CHOU
To Doctor Kissinger!


NIXON
Cheers!


KISSINGER
Cheers!
New friends and present company!


NIXON
To Chairman Mao!


CHOU
The U.S.A.!


PAT
Have you forgotten Washington?


CHOU
Washington's birthday!


NIXON
Everyone listen, just let me say one thing.
I opposed China. I was wrong.


KISSINGER
Bottoms up, Mr. President.


PAT
What did you say, Sweetheart?
I can't catch every word in all this noise.


1 CHORUS
We have at times been enemies.


2 CHORUS
The Chinese people are renowned.


NIXON
Ideas we have entertained...


PAT
"America the Beautiful"!


1 CHORUS
We must broadcast seeds of goodwill.


2 CHORUS
Comrades and friends...


NIXON
... in former years grow in a night to touch the stars.


CHORUS
Look down and think what the Chinese people
have done to earn this praise


KISSINGER
You won' t believe how moved I am.


CHORUS
We marvel now.


NIXON
It's like a dream.

English Libretto or Translation:

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