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Ever wondered how those big drops you see in opera houses across the globe are painted?  The answer: very carefully.  Here are some images of the drops for Nabucco that were painted in Venice by the world-renowned Paolino Libralato and his two assistants. 

They mix their paints from powders, just as scene painters have done for centuries, creating a sense of depth and texture onstage that cannot be achieved by any other method.  Libralato’s work is rarely seen in the US, so don’t miss the opportunity to check out his master craftsmanship!

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