Tour Past event Thursday, 15 February 2018

In Focus Tour: Verdi & Victoria

An illustrated talk about the interwoven histories of 'Verdi and Victoria' with the inimitable Daniel Snowman, Director of the V&A’s History of Performance Year Course, which is not to be missed.

  • Talks & Tours Meeting Point, Cromwell Road Entrance

  • Free event

In Focus Tour: Verdi & Victoria photo

Queen Victoria adored Italian opera and learned to sing operatic arias while Verdi was one of the very few major artists to have a sophisticated interest in international politics. The "two V's" died within five days of each other (January 1901). Both went into semi-retirement in middle age (arousing popular resentment), eventually re-emerging into the spotlight, and both were mourned on their deaths as having been the embodiment of the culture of their respective nations. With musical interludes, this talk will illuminate the similarities between Verdi and Queen Victoria.