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.

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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;

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London and Handel’s Rinaldo, 1711;

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There was a working Baroque Theatre, with Rinaldo's mermaids singing in a stormy sea.

 

Vienna and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, 1786;

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Milan and Verdi’s Nabucco, 1842;

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Paris and Wagner’s Tannhäuser in its revised version, 1861;

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Dresden and Richard Strauss’s Salome, 1905;

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St Petersburg and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1934.

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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. 

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