The V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition creating a vivid and immersive journey through 400 years of opera, exploring its passion, power and politics.
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics is the only exhibition ever to explore opera on a grand scale from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day. By focusing on seven operatic premieres in seven cities, the show will immerse visitors in some key moments of European opera and reveal how social, political, artistic and economic factors interact with great moments in the history of opera to tell a story of Europe over hundreds of years.
Image: Title: Nadja Michael as Salome Royal Opera House, London, 2008 ROH © Robbie Jack - Corbis. Corbis Entertainmen. Getty Images
More than 300 extraordinary objects, including important international loans, will be shown alongside digital footage of compelling opera performances, and world-leading opera performances will be played via headphones, dynamically changing as you explore the cities and objects, to create an evocative and fully immersive sound experience.
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics will be the first exhibition staged in the V&A’s purpose-built Sainsbury Gallery, one of the largest exhibition spaces in Europe, opening beneath the new Sackler Courtyard as part of the Exhibition Road Building Project.
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics
30 September 2017 – 25 February 2018