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Uploaded on 5 Mar 2008
From the Bel Canto Opera production, the Three Ladies try to get Tamino and Papageno to break their vows of silence.
PAPAGENO: (to Tamino) Did you get the drift of that, Sir? If we fail the trials, we're for the chop. TAMINO: The simple answer, my friend, is "don't fail". (enter THE THREE LADIES) LADIES: How? How? How? Have you come within their sway? Now! Now! Now! You should quickly run away! Stay, and you'll learn just what the price is... You'll burn as human sacrifices. PAPAGENO: Are we really going to die? TAMINO: Papageno, don't reply If you speak, you're in denial Of the prescript of this trial PAPAGENO: You heard the ladies say leave now. TAMINO: Shush, you mustn't break your vow. PAPAGENO: Keeping vows is difficult When death by fire is the result LADIES: The Queen is on her way to you To tell you what you two must do PAPAGENO: The Queen? She's coming here and now? TAMINO: Just ignore them. That's your vow. As you heard, your vow is broken If a single word is spoken LADIES: You need to heed our danger warning You're victims of Sarastro's spell If you're still here tomorrow morning They'll roast you in the flames of hell TAMINO: Now Papageno don't be weak They want to try to make us speak. LADIES: We warned you of the vile Sarastro You've been seduced by pagan lore What do you think these trials are for? You'll be condemned forever more. PAPAGENO: The ladies have a point, my friend, These bloody Druids may intend to slit our throats And sacrifice us Just like goats. TAMINO: They call Sarastro beastly names To justify their specious claims. PAPAGENO: The Queen is similarly inclined TAMINO: She has a spiteful axe to grind So King Sarastro gets maligned Justice requires an open mind. LADIES: Why are you so aloof and chilly Refusing to converse is silly PAPAGENO: If you weren't women.... then TAMINO: Hush! PAPAGENO: I'd speak if you were men. TAMINO: Hush! PAPAGENO: It's like the Spanish inquisition Asking why and where and how TAMINO: Remember we're in no position To hold discourse with women now
LADIES: We've got nowhere. We've failed our mission We cannot make them break their vow TAMINO AND PAPAGENO: They're getting nowhere with their mission They cannot make us break our vow ALL: This trial, designed to find the weak, Trains men to think before they speak CHORUS (OFF): These women in evil collusion Will pay for their sinful intrusion. LADIES: Away! Away! Away! Away! PAPAGENO: And I might die today!