Opera: Passion, Power and Politics - Closed


This attraction has now closed

30 September 2017 - 25 February 2018

Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House create the landmark exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, taking you on a vividly immersive, audio-visual journey through almost 400 years of opera – from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to its international explosion in the 20th and 21st centuries – told through the lens of seven premieres in seven cities, from Monteverdi’sL’incoronazione di Poppea in Venice to Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in St Petersburg.

The exhibition features more than 300 extraordinary objects, including Mozart’s piano for The Marriage of Figaro display; the original score of Verdi’s Nabucco; and Salvador Dalí’s costume designs for Richard Strauss’sSalome.

Discover how the creation of opera reflects the social, political, artistic and economic conversations that define cities, and explore the complete process of making opera, from libretto to score, design to performance. The exhibition uncovers all the passion, power and politics of this majestic art form. 

Photo credit: Ensemble in 'Spaceship' at the dress rehearsal of Einstein on the Beach Philip Glass in collaboration Robert Wilson, LA, 2013_credit_Lawrence K. Ho_Los AngelesTimes_Getty Images