“La Diva”

Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore, non feci mai male ad anima viva! / I lived for my art, I lived for love, I never did harm to a living soul! – from Puccini’s Tosca

La Diva
"La Diva" SOLD

I’ve collected four youtube videos of spectacular divas (Caballe, Callas, Price, Mattila) singing “Vissi d’arte” on my tumblr here. Coincidentally two of the divas are wearing green…

p.s. This is the painting I was working on during the Canyon Rd PaintOut. Kent at Meyer East suggested the title and it’s perfect.

Inspiration from “Madama Butterfly”

Un Bel Di

I listen to opera in my studio and it is my painting music. Here are two paintings that are inspired from Cio-Cio San’s aria “Un Bel Di Vedremo” from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” I’ve taken the imagery from Pinkerton’s parting words to her.

“O Butterfly
My tiny little child-wife,
I’ll return with the roses,
The warm and sunny season
When the red-breasted robins
Are busy nesting.”


Cio-Cio San demonstrates her love and faith in his return in the famous aria “Un Bel Di (One Fine Day).”

One fine day we’ll notice
A thread of smoke arising on the sea In
the far horizon,
And then the ship appearing;
Then the trim white vessel
Glides into the harbour, thunders forth her cannon.
See you? Now he is coming!
I do not go to meet him. Not I! I stay upon
the brow of the hillock, And wait there… and wait for
a long time, But never weary
of the long waiting.
From out the crowded city There is coming
a man, a little speck in
the distance, climbing the hillock.
Can you guess who it is?
And when he’s reached the summit,
Can you guess what he’ll say?
He will call: “Butterfly” from the distance.
I, without answ’ring, Hold myself
quietly conceal’d,
A bit to teaze him and a bit so as not to die
At our first meeting; and then, a little troubled
He will call, he will call:
“Dear baby wife of mine,
Dear little orange blossom!”
The names he used to call me when he came here.
[to Suzuki]
This will all come to pass as I tell you.
Banish your idle fears, For he will return
I know it.