|Marilyn Horne singing "I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair," from a 1983 "Live from Lincoln Center" concert.
This photograph appeared in one of two video sequences shown during the luncheon. A highlight of the afternoon, they were written and produced by Paul Gruber, Executive Director of the Guild's Program Development.
|A huge photograph of Marilyn Horne, known as Jackie, was projected on the wall behind the dais of the Waldorf's Grand Ballroom.|
|Marilyn Horne, the legendary mezzo-soprano and guest of honor.
Ms. Horne is one of the giants of American opera, beloved for her artistry and personality.
|Winthrop Rutherfurd and Richard Miller greeted guests as they arrived for a private reception in the West Foyer before the luncheon.
Mr. Rutherfurd is the Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera Guild as well as an Advisory Director of the Met. Mr. Miller is the President of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
|Louis Miano and Jean Vanderbilt. Mr. Miano, who is on the board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, hosted a benefactor's table. Ms. Vanderbilt was one of his guests, as was I.||Stephanie Blythe, acclaimed mezzo-soprano.|
|Catia Chapin, who is on the board of the Guild. She is the widow of Schuyler Chapin, who was the General Manager of the Met from 1972-1975.||Keiko Nishida, whose husband, Yukio Takasu is the Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations.|
|Victor Callegari had been in charge of the Met's Makeup Department for 44 years.||Ted Porter, President of the Board of Gotham Chamber Opera, and Domna Stanton, GCO's Vice-President. The premiere of Nico Muhly's opera Dark Sisters, for the GCO is on November 9.|
|Bill Bardel, a former banker with Lehman Brothers.||Soprano Martina Arroyo made her Met debut in Don Carlo, 1959.|
|Frederica von Stade and Mercedes Bass. Ms. von Stade, a mezzo-soprano, made her Met debut in Die Zauberflöte in 1970. I saw her so many times in Hansel and Gretel. Mrs. Bass is Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera.|
|Martina Arroyo, Harolyn Blackwell, and Mercedes Bass. Harolyn Blackwell is a lyric coloratura soprano who sang at the Met in Strauss's Die Fledermaus.|
|Mercedes Bass checks out her phone messages before the luncheon.||Susan Braddock, a Managing Director of the Metropolitan Opera, and Mercedes Bass.|
|Ann Ziff and Theodore Kurz. Ms. Ziff is a very attractive advertisement for the jewelry she designs and now sells in her store Tamsen Z on Madison Avenue. Mr. Kurz is with Debevoise & Plimpton.||Baritone Bryn Terfel, who made his Met debut in Le Nozze de Figaro, 1994.|
|Emily Rafferty, who is the President of The Metropolitan Museum.||Met conductor Richard Bonynge, Marilyn Horne, and DeAndre Simmons. Mr. Simmons is an American bass-baritone who has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the San Diego Opera, the Little Opera of New Jersey, and others. He is a protégé of Ms. Horne's and is an alumnus of her academy voice program.|
|This year the Opera Guild Luncheon fell on Halloween so there were small pumpkins on the table centerpieces. Felix Perea did the floral arrangements.|
|Richard Miller takes his place on the dais.||Marilyn Horne makes her entrance to thunderous applause.|
|On the dais: Kevin Kennedy, President and CEO of the Met, and Mercedes Bass.|
|There were two video sequences. The first was a biography of Marilyn, produced by the Guild for the event and narrated by Tyne Daly.
The second was a medley of Marilyn's performances, also produced by the Guild for this luncheon. It included performances from the Met, Live from Lincoln Center and other concerts.
|The singer at age twelve.|
|An early recording.|
|Igor and Vera Stravinsky were friends of Ms. Horne.|
|Marilyn Horne when she went to Europe to study voice.|
|Marilyn Horne with her husband, conductor Henry Lewis.|
|Sutherland and Horne.|
|Proud parents with their daughter Angela.|
|Mother and daughter at the piano.|
|A family Christmas.|
|Marilyn Horne in her 1970 Metropolitan Opera debut as Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma, with Sutherland in the title role.|
|Marilyn Horne with Eileen Farrell on The Carol Burnett Show, 1971.|
| The second video was a medley of Marilyn's performances, also produced by the Guild for this luncheon. It included performances from the Met, Live from Lincoln Center and other concerts.
Here you see Ms. Horne performing "L'Italiana in Algeri" by Rossini at the Met.
|Taking a curtain call in front of the big gold curtain at the Met.|
|L'Italiana in Algeri" by Rossini at the Met.|
|Beverly Sills and Marilyn Horne in Rossini's The Siege of Corinth (L'Assedio di Corinto).|
|Making history in 1984 in the title role of Rinaldo, the first Handel opera ever to be presented at the Metropolitan Opera.|
|Dame Joan and Marilyn Horne.|
|Marilyn Horne in her role as mentor and teacher at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.|
|Jackie with her three grandchildren.|
|But you always kept a healthy perspective on the wacky world of opera, helped by your incisive wit. After all, it was you who said in response to a singer's whine about the Met being too big -- "no, honey, your voice is just too small." Jackie, your luscious voice and your generous artistic heart were always just the right size for the Met.
Congratulations and cheers from all of your fans and admirers at the Met and around the opera world. Bravissima!
|A high five from conductor Richard Bonyange.|
|Louise Hirschfeld Cullman.|
|"I've had it up to here with arias," Stephanie Blythe told the audience.|
|Angela Lewis Houle, who is the daughter of Marilyn Horne. Ms. Houle teaches psychology at Pepperdine University. Her three children appear regularly on Jackie's Christmas card.||Angela Houle pays tribute to her mother.
"Over the years I've been able to come to appreciate my mother and what she brings to music. When my third child was born, I listened to her duets with Joan Sutherland in the middle of the night."
|A big hug.|
|"I've loved seeing the video clips--watching my hair change color and being able to see when I'm up 30 pounds or down 30.
And how can I thank Stephanie Blythe? Thank God someone has gotten into this Kate Smith repertory.
And Flicka von Stade. We made our debuts at the Met the same year. I am indebted, too, to Warren Jones, my accompanist and cohort of the vocal program at my school.
I feel that I wasn't a great mother because I was away so much. I was so afraid of catching colds that I usually kissed my daughter on the back of her head. So Angela has paid the price for this wonderful award you are giving me today.
And now I have three wonderful grandchildren. If they don't go into a life of music they're all going to be great soccer players.
Our culture is what we are going to be judged by. It's what we leave behind that matters."
|As is the tradition, at the conclusion of the lunch, the honoree was joined by special guests who came up on to the stage. That's Stage Director Frank Corsaro greeting Marilyn Horne.|
|Angela Lewis Houle, Marilyn Horne, Tyne Daly, and Soprano Lucine Amara.|
|Carol Miller, Stephanie Blythe, Doris Meister (Sponsor; Bank of NY), Marilyn Horne, Tenor Robert White, and Richard Miller.|
|Met opera singer June Anderson gives a warm embrace to conductor Richard Bonynge.||Tyne Daly, who recently appeared in the Broadway production of Master Class, Terrence McNally's portrait of a late-career Maria Callas.|
|Nedda Casei (veteran Met mezzo), June Anderson, Martina Arroyo, and Mark Adamo (composer).|
|Anthony Laciura and Harolyn Blackwell. Mr. Laciura is an American operatic tenor who is currently playing Eddie Kestler on the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.|
|The guest of honor is flanked by Richard Miller and his wife Carol Miller.|
|Each guest received two CDs in a party bag.|
|Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.|