The pageant stage. Sarah’s daughter stands before an enraptured audience. She wears a scarlet dress; her banner proclaims her to be Miss Sinai. She is performing in the talent portion of the Miss Holy Land competition, favoring the crowd with a superb rendition of the aria È strano from Verdi’s La Traviata. English subtitles.
Daughter: È strano! è strano!
[How strange! how strange!]
In core scolpiti ho quegli accenti!
[In my heart are sculpted those words!]
Saria per me sventura un serio amore?
[Would to me true love bring bad luck?]
Che risolvi, o turbata anima mia?
[What think you, oh troubled spirit mine?]
The audience applauds wildly. Sarah and Abraham look at each other and nod their proud approval.