Stephanie & I are working on an Opera Tarot book to accompany the magnificent paintings of Linda Sutton – two of which are being shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015. Here they are, with comments from a review by James Brewer of the exhibition:
“Lovers of both visual art and opera should pause in front of two acrylic and silver leaf paintings by Linda Sutton, They are two of her paintings for her Opera Tarot project, all 78 of which were completed earlier in 2015. In La Fanciulla del West [an opera by Puccini], her Minnie is Renata Tebaldi. Linda recalls being at the opera in Bologna when the announcement came that the great lyric soprano had just died.
In the second painting, La Forza del Destino, Linda’s Donna Leonora is based on imagination. “Although I have seen and heard some wonderful Leonora’s, there wasn’t a singer who visually inspired me,” says Linda, “so, I made up my own!”
You can see another image from the deck in an earlier post here.