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Primadonna

ANDRE
Your public needs you!

FIRMIN
We need you, too!

CARLOTTA (unassuaged)
Would you not rather have your precious little ingenue?

ANDRE/FIRMIN
Signora, no!
the world wants you!

Prima donna
first lady of the stage!
Your devotees
are on their knees
to implore you !

ANDRE
Can you bow out when they're shouting your name?

FIRMIN
Think of how they all adore you!

BOTH
Prima donna, enchant us once again!

ANDRE
Think of your muse . . .

FIRMIN
And of the queues
round the theatre!

BOTH
Can you deny us the triumph in store?
Sing, prima donna, once more!

CARLOTTA (to herself, in triumph)
Prima donna
your song shall live again!

ANDRE/FIRMIN (to CARLOTTA)
Think of your public!

CARLOTTA
You took a snub
but there's a pub-
- lic who needs you!

ANDRE/FIRMIN (to CARLOTTA)
Those who hear your voice
liken you to an angel!

CARLOTTA
Think of their cry of undying support!

ANDRE (to FIRMlN)
We get our opera . . .

FIRMIN (to ANDRE)
She gets her limelight!

CARLOTTA
Follow where the limelight leads you!

ANDRE/FIRMIN (aside)
Leading ladies are a trial!

CARLOTTA
Primadonna,
Your song shall never die,
You'll sing again,
and to unen-
-ding ovation!

ANDRE/FIRMIN
Tears . . . oaths . . .
Iunatic demands
are regular occurrences!

CARLOTTA
Think how you'll shine
in that final encore!
Sing, prima donna,
once more!

ANDRE/FIRMIN
Surely there'll be further scenes -
worse than this!

Who'd believe a diva
happy to relieve a chorus girl,
who's gone and slept with the patron?
Raoul and the soubrette,
entwined in love's duet!
Although he may demur,
he must have been with her!

CARLOTTA
, fortunata!
Non ancor
abbandonata!

ANDRE/FIRMIN
You'd never get away
with all this in a play,
but if it's loudly sung
and in a foreign tongue
it's just the sort of story
audiences adore,
in fact a perfect opera!

ANDRE/FIRMIN
Prima donna
the world is at your feet!
A nation waits,
and how it hates
to be cheated!

CARLOTTA
The stress that falls upon a
famous prima donna!
Terrible diseases,
coughs and colds and sneezes!
Still, the dryest throat
will reach the highest note,
in search of perfect opera!

ALL
Light up the stage
with that age old rapport!
Sing, prima donna,
once more!

Once more!




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