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Opera Tarot

June 19th, 2015

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:

The Major Arcana 'Strength' by Linda Sutton for the 'Opera Tarot'

The Major Arcana ‘Strength’ by Linda Sutton for the ‘Opera Tarot’

'The Star' Major Arcana from the 'Opera Tarot' by Linda Sutton

‘The Star’ Major Arcana from the ‘Opera Tarot’ by Linda Sutton


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.

3 Responses to “Opera Tarot”

  1. …& what a wonderful idea, an Opera Tarot deck! Beautiful… & sending bright Solstice blessings to you both, too. (& v sorry I was unable to get over to London, but also hope your talk last night went well).

  2. What an excellent idea! I love the way in which the Tarot can be blended with so many things in popular culture and Opera is just ideal for this – look forwsrd to seeing the deck and book Philip! Blessings of the Solstice to all.

    • I love your new tarot Steve – that too works with a fantastic idea -bringing nature and all Her powers into the Tarot. I will blog about it soon!

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