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Your flight was smooth

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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Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

Chou En-lai / Richard Nixon

Voice(s):

Baritone / Baritone

Act:

1.02

Previous scene: Soldiers of heaven hold the sky
Next scene: News has a kind of mystery

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

(A jet is heard approaching, touching down, and
taxiing across the runway. As The Spirit of'76 comes
into view, slowing to a stop, Premier Chou En-lai and
a small group of officials stroll out to meet it, casting
long shadows in the pale yellow light. A ramp is drawn
up to the hatchway. After a pause the door opens and
President Nixon stands in the opening for a instant,
then begins to descend the ramp, closely followed by
the First Lady in her scarlet coat. When the President
reaches the middle of the ramp, Premier Chou begins
to clap and the President stops short and returns the
gesture, according to the Chinese custom. He reaches
the bottom step and extends his right hand as he walks
towards the Premier. They shake hands)


CHOU
Your flight was smooth, I hope?


NIXON
Oh yes,
smoother than usual I guess.
Yes, it was very pleasant.
We stopped in Hawaii for a day
and Guam, to catch up on the time.
It's easier that way.
The Prime Minister knows about that.
He is such a traveller.


CHOU
No, not I but as a traveller come home
for good to China, one for whom
all travel is a penance now.
I am most proud to welcome you.

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