from Act II, Scene 2 of the English opera The Consul
by Gian-Carlo Menotti
Libretto: Gian-Carlo Menotti
Role: Magda Sorel
, wife of John Sorel
Voice Part: soprano Fach: spinto soprano
Setting: The Consulate's waiting room, a totalitarian European country after World War II
Synopsis: Thwarted once again in an attempt to get her husband and herself out of the country by the endless documents and papers she must fill out, Magda explodes at the Secretary of the Consul, raging against bureaucracy and its ulterior motives. She finishes, declaring that someday, mankind will break out of the paper chains under which it has labored.