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Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A

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Time 10:00
Date 30/09/17
Price £19
  • Produced by V&A
  • Price £19
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A landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day.

Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven European 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.

The exhibition reveals how the creation of a new opera can reflect the social, political, artistic and economic conversations that define cities, and the process of making opera from libretto to score, from design to performance. The cities and premieres explored are: Venice and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, 1642; London and Handel’s Rinaldo, 1711; Vienna and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, 1786; Milan and Verdi’s Nabucco, 1842; Paris and Wagner’s Tannhäuser in its revised version, 1861; Dresden and Richard Strauss’s Salome, 1905; and St Petersburg and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1934.

This is the inaugural exhibition in the V&A’s new Sainsbury Gallery, a purpose-built subterranean gallery opening as part of the V&A’s Exhibition Road Quarter, and one of the largest temporary exhibition spaces in the UK.