As I was saying (Baba's aria and monologue)

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Rake's Progress

Composer:

Igor Stravinsky

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Rake's Progress Synopsis

Libretto:

The Rake's Progress Libretto

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Baba the Turk

Voice(s):

Mezzo-Soprano

Act:

2.13

Previous scene: I have not run away dear heart
Next scene: Scorned abused neglected!

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

(Tom and Baba enters)

Third Scene

(The same room of first scene of second act with some
birds, minerals, glasses, animals to stuff...Tom and
Baba are sitting having a breakfast)

Aria
 
BABA
As I was saying
both brothers wore moustaches,
but Sir John was taller.
They gave me the musical glasses
in Vienna, no, it must have been Milan.
Because of the donkeys.
Vienna was the Chinese fan.
Or was it the bottle of water
from the river Jordan?
I'm certain, at least,
it was Vienna and Lord Gordon.
I get so confused about all my travels.
The snuff boxes came from Paris
and the fulminous gravels
from a cardinal who admired me
vastly in Rome.
You're not eating, my love.
Count Moldau gave me the gnome
and Prince Obolovsky
the little statues of the twelve apostles,
which I like best of my treasures
except my fossils.
Oh, I must tell Bridget
never not to touch the mummies.
I'll dust them myself.
She can do the waxwork dummies.
Of course, I love my birds,
especially my great auk.
But the moths will get in them.
My love,
What's the matter?, why don't you talk?

TOM
Nothing.

BABA
Speak to me!

TOM
Why?

(Baba stands up and embraced him)

BABA
Come, sweet, come.
Why so glum?.
Smile at Baba who, loving, smiles at you.
Do not frown, husband dear

TOM
(Pushing her back)
Sit down!

(Baba weeps)  

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