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Whip her to death

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):

Henry Kissinger / Pat Nixon / Richard Nixon

Voice(s):

Bass / Soprano / Baritone

Act:

2.09

Previous scene: How thin you are
Next scene: Flesh rebels

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

(She collides with Lao Szu. They struggle.
He torments her with the cane. The mercenaries
re-enter)


KISSINGER
(as Lao Szu)
Whip her to death!


PAT
They canít do that!


NIXON
Itís just a play.
Sheíll get up afterwards, youíll see.
Easy there, Hon.


KISSINGER
(as Lao Szu)
Whip her to death!


PAT
Itís terrible! I hare you both!
Make them stop, make them stop!


NIXON
Sweetheart. Leave them alone, you might get hurt.


(The First Lady rushes onstage. The president, who has
reluctantly followed her, holds her by the shoulders as
Ching-hua is beaten insensible. She has resisted to the
last)


KISSINGER
(as Lao Szu)
This is the fate of all who
set small against great.
Leave it to rot.


(The sky looks ominous. Tyrant, factotum and
mercenaries all retreat in the face of a tropical storm.
Rain pelts down. The coconut palms bow like grass.
The President and the First Lady stand onstage with
the body of Ching-hua, the recumbent dancer. He is
stunned, she is rapt, they are both soaked to the skin)


** NIXON
There there, there there. Jesus itís wet.
What would I do without you, Pat? **


(As quickly as it rose the wind dies down and with in
the rain. Party Representative Hung Chang-ching
enters on a scouting mission. Together he and Mrs.
Nixon raise Ching-hua to her feet)


PAT
Thank God you came. Just look at this!
Poor thing! Itís simple barbarous!
"Whip her to death!" he said. Iíd like
to give his God-Damned whip a crack!
Oh Dick! Youíre sopping!

English Libretto or Translation:

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