Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

September 30, 2017 – January 25, 2018 all-day
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Rd
Kensington, London
£19.00 Adult
V&A Museum

Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day.

Immerse yourself in a 400-year exploration of opera at the Victoria and Albert Museum with the vivid Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition, in partnership with the Royal Opera House.

More than 300 objects take you through highlights of European operatic history, from opera’s early days in Renaissance Italy right up to its 21st-century form. It is the first exhibition staged in the V&A’s new Sainsbury Gallery and features spectacular opera performances heard through headphones as you explore the exhibition.

See Salvador Dali’s costume design for Peter Brook’s 1949 production of Salome, the original score of Verdi’s Nabucco and original pieces from the 1934 premier of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, on display outside Russia for the first time.

Posted by Rose Lagacé

Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.