The “rocky place dotted with trees” ranging behind the temple is the Palisades, along the Hudson River. The “round temple” is the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, looming remotely on Riverside Drive. The monument resembles the mountain out of which the Queen appears in the first scene. Baleful and hermetic, the monument is ringed with Corinthian columns that imply another of the Queen’s traits–scintillate rage. In Masonic symbolism, Corinthian columns stand for exuberance and action, qualities vocalized in the Queen of the Night’s sparking arias.
The Queen of the Night
29x26x18", 1997
Collection of Florida Grand Opera, Miami