This Place is Mine

from by Jacqueline Novikov

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from Phantom by Maury Yeston


Where does the time fly
Simply too few hours in the day
Oh, a Diva’s work is never done
No relief, No time for fun
Not if a Diva has to run
An opera company
Every small detail to supervise
Every pretty face to scrutinize
I plan beneath these eyes
This opera company
Why take on this arduous chore
Sleepless nights
I pace across my bedroom floor
Why do I live completely for
This opera company

Cause it’s...
Mine from the stalls
To the portraits on the walls
From the balconies and loges far and near
It belongs all to me
Every item that you see
From the cellar to the crystal chandelier
From the fluted marble grand facade
To the elevated promenade
From every toilet bowl
To every leading role
This place is mine

I will sing
I will glow
I will never let it go
I will hold it ever captive in my hand
Like a god
Like a queen
I will enter any scene
And control it like a kingdom I command
And I pity any baritone
Who attempts to tread this stage I own
With no polite request
He’s here at my behest
Cause it’s all mine

My curtain and my canopy
My song
My key
My chart
My grand romantic destiny
From here my life will start

I’ll be out on the stage
Looking great
And half my age
Every chance I get
I’ll get them on their feet
I will burn
I will scheme
I will realize my dream
For if I’m not in the light
I’m incomplete

And the best part
I’m just coming to
How they’ll all applaud for
You know who

I can’t believe I’m here
And this is my career

It must be seen like a torch
We’ll engrave it on the porch
Like an edict
Like a beacon
Like a sign

This place is mine!


from Say it with Music!, released April 9, 2013
Jacqueline Novikov (soprano)
Sarah E. Wheeler (piano)




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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