Opera: Passion, Power and Politics
30 September 2017 – 25 February 2018
The Victoria and Albert Museum
Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House create a landmark exhibition presenting the vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day. Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven cities, this immersive exhibition takes you on a journey through nearly 400 years, culminating in the international explosion of opera in the 20th and 21st centuries. This will be the first exhibition staged in the V&A’s new Sainsbury Gallery, one of the largest exhibition spaces in Europe.
The Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition reveals how the creation of a new opera can reflect the social, political, artistic and economic conversations that define cities, and reveals the process of making opera from libretto to score, from design to performance.
The cities and premieres explored are: Venice (Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, 1642); London (Handel’s Rinaldo, 1711); Vienna (Mozart’s Lenozze di Figaro, 1786); Milan (Verdi’s Nabucco, 1842); Paris (Wagner’s Tannhäuser in its revised version, 1861); Dresden (Richard Strauss’s Salome, 1905) and St Petersburg (Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1934).
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics is the inaugural exhibition in the V&A’s Sainsbury Gallery, a new purpose-built subterranean gallery opening as part of the Exhibition Road Building Project.
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Photo: 'Milano' from the series 'Fratelli d’Italia' 2005-2016 credit Matthias Schaller.