The fat lady was just about to sing for the Sacramento Opera.  Then, a big check came in the mail.

The Opera, on the verge of collapse, got a $250 thousand gift from the Joyce and Jim Teel Family Foundation, and as a bonus, there was a second quarter-million dollar gift for the Sacramento Philharmonic.

Rob Tannenbaum, CEO for both, said he was just about to ask the city for a subsidy to keep the music playing.  Now, he won't have to.

The gifts, which were unsolicited and arrived in the mail, are in memory of Joyce Teel's mother, E. Claire Raley of Raley's Supermarkets.