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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

Translation(s):

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Duet details:

Type:

duet

Role(s):

Tom Rakewell / Nick Shadow

Voice(s):

Tenor / Baritone or Bass

Act:

2.18

Previous scene: Awake?
Next scene: Forgive me, master

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Act 2 / Scene 3 - "Thanks To This Excellent Device" (Tom)

Singer(s): Bryn Terfel Ian Bostridge

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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Act 2 / Scene 3 - "Thanks To This Excellent Device" (Tom) Ian Bostridge Bryn Terfel London Symphony Orchestra John Eliot Gardiner

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

? 1999 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Released on: 1999-01-01

Producer, Recording Producer: Nicholas Parker
Producer: Karsten Witt
A & R: Isabella de Sabata
Studio Personnel, Balance Engineer: Rainer Maillard
Studio Personnel, Engineer: Jobst Eberhardt
Studio Personnel, Engineer, Editor: Stephan Flock
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Author: Wystan Hugh Auden
Author: Chester Kallman

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Duet
Thanks to this excellent device,
man shall re-enter paradise
from which he was once driven.
Secure from need, the cause of crime,
the world shall for the second time
be similar to heaven.

NICK
(Looking to the audience)
A word to all my friends,
where're you sit,
the men of sense, in boxes or the pit.
My master is a fool as you can see,
but you may do good business with me.

TOM
When, to his infinite relief,
toil, hunger, poverty, and grief
have vanished like a dream,
this engine Adam shall excite
to hallelujahs of delight
and ecstasy extreme.

NICK
(Looking to the audience)
The idle and the poor
will give good money for this toy,
be sure.
For, so it please,
there's no fantastic lie
you can not make
men swallow if you try.

TOM
Omnipotent when armed with this,
in secular abundant bliss...
He'll ascend to win
the throne of nature and begin
his everlasting reign.

NICK
(Looking to the audience)
So, know your proper interest.
Here's your chance. Invest!.
Come, friends, praise the folly
that pays dividends.

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