You know we'll meet with confrere

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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Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

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

Voice(s):

Tenor / Baritone / Bass / Baritone

Act:

1.06

Previous scene: Ah! the philosopher I see
Next scene: We no longer need Confucius

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

(The photographers have finished; Chou ushers
them out into the hall. When he returns he sits a
little straighter, as do the President and Dr. Kissinger.
Only Chairman Mao continues to lean back, his arms
over the chair's arms, as the conversation moves on)


MAO
You know we'll meet with your confrere
the Democratic candidate if he should win.


NIXON
That is a fate
we hope you won't have to endure.
I'd like to make another tour as President.


MAO
You've got my vote.
I back the man who's on the right.


KISSINGER
Who's in the right you mean.


MAO
No, no.


NIXON
What they put forward
we put through.


MAO
I like right-wingers:
Nixon, Heath...


NIXON
De Gaulle.


MAO
No, not De Gaulle. I'm loath
to file him in that pigeonhole.


KISSINGER
But Germany's another tale.


MAO
We've more than once led the right wing
forward while text-book cadres swung
back into goose-step, home at last.
How your most rigid theorist
revises as he goes along!


NIXON
Now you're referring to Wang Ming,
Chiang, Chang Kuo-tao and Li Li-san.


MAO
I spoke generally.
The line we take now is a paradox.
Among the followers of Marx the extreme left,
the doctrinaire,
tend to be fascist.


NIXON
And the far right?


MAO
True Marxism is called that by
the extreme left.
Occasionally the true left calls
a spade a spade and tells the left it's right.


CHOU
You've said
that there's a certain well-known tree
that grows from nothing in a day,
lives only as a sapling,
dies just at its prime,
when good men raise
it as their idol.


NIXON
Not the cross?


MAO
The Liberty Tree. Let it pass.
I was a riddle, not a test.
The revolution does not last.
It is duration ... the regime
survives in that, and not in time.
While it is young in us it lives;
we can save it, it never saves.


KISSINGER
And yours will last a thousand years.


MAO
Founders come first,
then profiteers.


NIXON
Capitalist?


MAO
Fishers of men.
An organized oblivion.


NIXON
The crane...


MAO
Let us not be misled.


NIXON
The Yellow Crane has flown abroad.
Think of what we have lost and gained
since forty-nine.


CHOU
The current trend suggests
that China's future might...


NIXON
Might break the Futures Market.


MAO
That would be a break.
No doubt our plunge into the New York Stock Exchange
will line some pockets here and there.
Will these investments be secure?
No. Not precisely.


NIXON
There's the catch.
You don't want China to be rich.


MAO
You want to bring your boys back home.


NIXON
What if we do? Is that a crime?


MAO
Our armies do not go abroad.
Why should they?
We have all we need:
new missionaries, businesslike,
survey the field and the attack,
promise to change our rice to bread,
and wash us in our brothers' blood,


** and give us beads **

and crucify us on a cross of usury.
After them come the Green Berets,
insuring their securities.


NIXON
Where it the Chinese people's faith?


MAO
The people's faith?
Another myth to sell bonds.
It's worked well for you.
The people are determined to divide the land
to make it whole.
Piecing the broken Golden Bowl
the world to come has come, is theirs.
We cried "Long live the Ancestors!",
once, it's "Long live the Living!" now.


NIXON
History holds her breath.


MAO
We know the great silent majority
will bide its time.


KISSINGER
There you've got me. I'm lost.


CHOU
The Chairman means the dead.


NIXON
Confucius...

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