Awake?

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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Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

Nick Shadow

Voice(s):

Baritone or Bass

Act:

2.17

Previous scene: Pantomime
Next scene: Thanks to this excellent device

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

NICK
Awake?

TOM
(Waking up)
Who's there?

NICK
Your Shadow, master.

TOM
You!
Oh Nick, I've had the strangest dream. I thought...
Can I know what I was never taught?
Or fancy objects I have never seen?
I had devised a marvellous machine,
an engine that converted stones to bread,
whereby all peoples were for nothing fed.
I saw all want abolished by my skill,
and earth become an Eden of goodwill.

(Nick shows the fantastic machine)

NICK
Did your machine look anything like this?

TOM
I must be still asleep. That is my dream!

NICK
How does it work?

TOM
I need a stone.

NICK
Try this.

TOM
I place it here. I turn the wheel,
and then: the bread!

NICK
Be certain. Taste!

TOM
(Tom eats bread
Oh miracle!
Oh may I not, forgiven all my past
for one good deed, deserve dear Anne at last?

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