Try as I will, politics keeps intruding.
We just got to this bit in the libretto:
Bill: I have traveled round
All the lands subject to you,
And have armed a thousand
Loyal men in your defense.
Come! Let Hillary’s standard
Be unfurled at last!
Avenging both your people’s wrongs
And your own indignities!
Except of course that it’s not Bill addressing Hill, but Orombello (Pavarotti) addressing Beatrice (Sutherland).