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From Candide
By Leonard Bernstein & Richard Wilbur

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Glitter and be gay, that's the part I play;
Here I am in Paris, France,
Forced to bend my soul to a sordid role,
Victimized by bitter, bitter circumstance.
Alas for me! Had I remained beside my lady mother,
My virtue had remained unstained
Until my maiden hand was gained
By some Grand Duke or other.
Ah, 'twas not to be; harsh necessity
Brought me to this gilded cage.
Born to higher things, here I droop my wings,
Ah! Singing of a sorrow nothing can assuage.
And yet of course I rather like to revel. Ha ha!
I have no strong objection to champagne. Ha ha!
My wardrobe is expensive as the devil. Ha ha!
Perhaps it is ignoble to complain…

Enough, enough of being basely tearful!
I'll show my noble stuff by being bright and cheerful!
Ha ha ha ha ha! Ha!

Pearls and ruby rings...
Ah, how can worldly things take the place of honor lost?
Can they compensate for my fallen state,
Purchased as they were at such an awful cost?
Bracelets...lavaliers, can they dry my tears?
Can they blind my eyes to shame?
Can the brightest brooch shield me from reproach?
Can the purest diamond purify my name?
And yet of course these trinkets are endearing. Ha ha!
I'm oh, so glad my sapphire is a star. Ha ha!
I rather like a twenty-carat earring. Ha ha!
If I'm not pure, at least my jewels are!

Enough! Enough!
I'll take their diamond necklace and show my noble stuff
By being gay and reckless!
Ha ha ha ha ha! Ha!
Observe how bravely I conceal
The dreadful, dreadful shame I feel.
Ha ha ha ha!

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from Voce & Gabbana, released December 3, 2018

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Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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