Opera: Passion, Power & Politics at the V&A
As someone who loves Costume, Opera and Theatre, this was one of the most incredible Exhibits I have been to, renewing my passion for Opera.
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics collaborated with The Royal Opera House. Making it the perfect partner for this exhibit, as you immersive yourself backstage into a theatre as it takes you to seven European cities, over 400 years demonstrating the Passion, Power and Politics used in Opera over time.
It is the first exhibit in the New Sainsbury Gallery. It is a self guided experience with headphones playing Opera from each period you are transported into.
Venice and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, 1642;
London and Handel’s Rinaldo, 1711;
There was a working Baroque Theatre, with Rinaldo's mermaids singing in a stormy sea.
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;
St Petersburg and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1934.
It was a wonderful experience, showing off all that Opera had to offer. The range of Opera's showed the cutting edge of Passion, Power and Politics of the time.
Opera: Passion, Power & Politics ran from Ran from 30 September 2017 to 25 February 2018. If you feel that you have missed out, the V&A produced a wonderful catalog of the Exhibit.