Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) - Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

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Exhibition Dates: 30 September 2017 - 25 February 2018

Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House are creating a 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’s L’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; the original score of Verdi’s Nabucco; and Salvador Dalí’s costume designs for Richard Strauss’s Salome.

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.

Join the conversation #OperaPassion

Admission: £19.00
Opening times:


Daily 10.00–17.45
Friday 10.00–22.00
Exhibitions closes 15 minutes prior to Museum closing times.

Reduced gallery openings on Fridays after 17.30.

Closed 24 - 26 December.

No access to Opera: Passion Power and Politics on Tuesday 7th November.

Opening times may vary. Please check website for details.

Phone number: 020 7942 2000

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