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Opera Paintings

2008-2009 The North Carolina Opera Season.

“Where The heart Leads You.”

The Opera Company of North Carolina raises the curtain on three Italian opera treasures that reveal the power of love, an emotion that consumes the heart with a force that can enrage or excite, destroy or delight.

Opera Paintings by Clina Polloni

The challenge was to portrait in these paintings the power of love, an emotion that consumes the heart with a force that can enrage or excite, destroy or delight. These are oil paintings on canvas 24”x 18”.

RIGOLETTO by Giuseppe Verdi
The cold and twisted hand of revenge grips the heart of a bitter court jester.

1st painting “Rigoletto with a Mask”, 2nd painting “Rigoletto without a Mask”.

I PAGLIACCI  by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Hearts filled with lust, jealousy and revenge turn laughter into tears. Leoncavallo’s intense theatrical experience features the famous “crying clown.”

LA CENERENTOLA by Gioachino Rossini
Cinderella, Two hearts, full of love, again prove that love does conquer all.



RIGOLETTO by Giuseppe Verdi.
The cold and twisted hand of revenge grips the heart of a bitter court jester.

RIGOLETTO is widely considered to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi’s middle-to-late career. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda. The opera refers to a curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter the duke has seduced with Rigoletto’s encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda falls in love with the duke and sacrifices her life to save him from the assassin hired by her father.

A court jester, fool or joker was a member of the household of a nobleman or a monarch employed to entertain guests. Jesters were also traveling performers who entertained common folk at fairs and town markets. During the Post-classical and Renaissance eras, jesters are often thought to have worn brightly colored clothes and eccentric hats. Jesters entertained with a wide variety of skills: principal among them were song, music, and storytelling, but many also employed acrobatics, juggling, telling jokes and performing magic tricks.

This painting is exhibited at The Wake Forest Community Library, located at 400 E. Holding Avenue in Wake Forest.


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