"This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn."

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Gift

Last night, at the Final Dress Rehearsal of "Die Walkure", I was given a wonderful gift from the SF Opera resident artist, Betty Guy!  Betty has been a fixture at rehearsals since well....before I was born!  Her watercolours are stunning... and we have become friends during my nine years (gasp) with the Company!

Betty KNOWS what a "Wagnerite"  I am....and when she presented me with this gorgeous rendering of "Siegfried and Brunnhilde'" (drawn at the Final Dress Rehearsal) in their last happy moment together.... I was (almost) overcome with tears....  but I was working, so had to hold it together.    I only saw that she had Nina Stemme and Ian Storey (they sang the lead roles)  sign it....afterwards.    I spend a LOT of time backstage..and converse freely with the casts of the various productions...but I am not one to ask for autographs...  it's just not "me".....BUT.... this opera has so much deep resonance with me....in particular, this production... I will always treasure Betty's generous gift....

Sigh....two days Opera-free!  I plan on taking naps, cooking some "real meals' - working out - and just relaxing.  Our "Ring" opens on Tuesday - for real....no more rehearsals!  (I know you all are happy about that!  Ha-ha!)


♥ Robin ♥


  1. What a beautiful and meaningful gift!
    And hey, it has been fun being a part of all the Ring-Madness, even if only through cyberspace! I've learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed your posts!
    So now we'll get to hear about the opera for real, right??? ;-D


  2. a fabulous gift. wow. what a treasure and so perfect for you. have a good two days of resting before the opening. i am taken also with the poster.!! Love, Suki

  3. I haven't answered your email yet because I think I may call later ;)

    This is such a thoughtful, amazing gift!!
    You must have cried tears of joy...I know you!

    Rest up for the openings, my dear. I know the crowds will keep you plenty busy.


  4. Wow dear what a beautiful gift!! How sweet of her! And together with those autographs..........my what a special gift!
    Now you rest dear!!!! You deserved that.
    Hope to talk to you later this week......
    Hope my comment comes through.....

    Have a wonderful free day


  5. Beautiful!!! What a treasure -- from one Treasure (Betty) to another (You)!!

    It was far too whirlwind-y to stop and talk last evening, but we were thinking of you as we sat at the back of the House, mesmerized to the gills.

    What a summer it has been -- and it ain't even summer yet! So special... in so many ways. We are very glad for you to have this magical time in Walhalla. xo

  6. what a wonderful gift! how amazing was that of her to do for you - just lovely and thoughtful. enjoy!!!

  7. A treasure for someone who she must know loves all things beautiful. And you do. I am so happy this is turning to be one of the best of all the productions so far! I am green with good envy and I wish I could be there.

    I am truly happy for you, that you can be there, and fill your wonderful spirit with all the joy that something of such beauty can bring with it. Love the art piece and love you.

  8. oh robin - you have post opera rehearsal syndrome (hehe)!!! enjoy your down time - you deserve it after working so hard all these weeks!

    btw i love the foto of you and milo the opera dog - tres chic!!!