One of my favorite little moments in Act 3 of Rosenkavalier is when the Marschallin, in full regal mode, basically says to Ochs, “WE ARE DONE HERE.” Of course it takes him 2 more pages (in my libretto) to get gone, because of course it does, but the Marschallin’s clear, dignified drawing of a boundary always gets me.
“Er dar, Er dar in aller Still’ sich retirieren!
Versteht Er nicht, wenn eine Sach’ ein End’ hat?…
und alles sonst was drum und dran hängt, ist mit dieser Stund’ vorbei…
Ist halt vorbei!”
A 1992 Final Trio (and ending duet) with Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade (in trousers, natch!), and Kathleen Battle. I love it, and also Fleming learned a lot about the Marschallin in the ensuing years. If we ever get to have tea together someday, I would ask her about that.
Anyway, it’s definitely more than 3.2 seconds of perfection.
This is my favorite time of year. Honestly the cottonwoods are joyous in their letting go. Something to learn there I suppose. Top three photos from the Denver Botanic Gardens, the rest are from a park near our house, all taken in the last couple of days.