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Well, then. My heart is wild with fear

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:

3.13

Previous scene: Very well, then, my dear and good Tom
Next scene: I Burn! I Freeze!

The Rake's Progress: Act III Scene 2: Well, then … My heart is wild with fear (Shadow, Rakewell)

Singer(s): Eugene Conley Mack Harrell Norman Scott Paul Franke

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The Rake's Progress: Act III Scene 2: Well, then … My heart is wild with fear (Shadow, Rakewell) · Hilde Gueden

Stravinsky: Rake's Progress (The) (Metropolitan Opera, Stravinsky) (1953)

℗ 2007 Naxos

Released on: 2007-09-01

Artist: Hilde Gueden
Artist: Blanche Thebom
Artist: Eugene Conley
Artist: Mack Harrell
Artist: Martha Lipton
Artist: Norman Scott
Artist: Paul Franke
Artist: Lawrence Davidson
Choir: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Conductor: Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Composer: Igor Stravinsky

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Duet

Well, then.

TOM
My heart is wild with fear.
My throat is dry.

NICK
Come, try!

TOM
I can not think.
I dare, I dare not wish.

NICK
Let wish be thought
and think on one to name.
You wish in all your fear
to rule the game,
instead of Shadow.

TOM
(Aside)
Anne!

(To Nick)

My fear departs.
I name the Queen of Hearts.

NICK
(He shows the card)
The Queen of Hearts.

(It's hearing one stroke clock)

You see, it's quite a simple game.

(To audience)

To win at once in love or cards is dull.
The gentleman loves sport, for sport is rare.
The positive appalls him:
He plays the pence of hope
to yield the guineas of despair.

(To Tom)

Again, good Tom.
You are my master yet.

(Nick shuffles)

TOM
What shall I trust in now?
How throw the die to win,
to win my soul back for myself?

NICK
Come, try!.
Was Fortune not your mistress once?
Be fair. Give her at least a second chance
to bare the hand of Shadow.

(Suddenly, the spade falls down noisily)

TOM
(Scary)
The deuce!

(He looks at the spade)

She lights the shades and shows the two of spades.

NICK
(angry)
The two of spades

(It's hearing another stroke clock)

Congratulations.
The goddess still is faithful.
But we have one more, you know, the very last.
Think for a while, my Tom. I would not
want your last of chances thoughtless.
I am, you may often have observed,
really compassionate.
Think on your hopes.

TOM
Oh God! What hopes have I?

(Nick, furtively, picks up the Queen of Hearts)

NICK
(To audience)
The simpler the trick, the simpler the deceit.
And there is no return.
I've taught him well. And repetition palls him.
The Queen of Hearts again
shall be for him the Queen of Hell.

(Nick shuffles)

Rouse yourself, Tom.
Your travail soon will end.
Come, try!

TOM
(Aside)
Now in his words I find no aid.
Will Fortune give another sign?

NICK
(Aside)
Now in my words he'll find no aid.
And Fortune gives no other sign.

(To Tom)

Afraid, love-lucky Tom?
Come, try!

TOM
Dear God, a track of cloven hooves

NICK
The knavish goats are back
to crop the spring's return.

TOM
Return and love!
The banished words torment.

NICK
You cannot now repent.

TOM
Return, Oh love!

ANNE'S VOICE
(Out of scene)
A love that is sworn before Thee
can plunder hell of its prey.

TOM
I wish for nothing else.
Love, first and last,
assume eternal reign.
Renew my life,
oh Queen of Hearts again!

(It's hearing the twelfth stroke clock.
Tom faints)

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