Exhibition Opening on Saturday, 30 September 2017

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day

  • Opening on Saturday, 30 September 2017

  • Sainsbury Gallery

  • Tickets cost £19.00

    Concessions apply.
    Advance booking is recommended.
    Members do not need to book.

Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven European cities, this immersive exhibition takes you on a journey through nearly 400 years, culminating in the international explosion of opera in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Sponsored by

Global banking group Societe Generale is delighted to be building on its long-term partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum as lead sponsor of its major exhibition for 2017, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics in collaboration with the Royal Opera House. With the ambition of bringing classical music beyond its traditional audiences, Societe Generale has established itself as a key player in the musical world, celebrating 30 years of support in 2017.

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Exhibition Highlights

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The Ballet Scene from Meyerbeer's Opera Robert Le Diable, oil painting, Edgar Degas, 1876, France. Museum no. CAI.19. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Nadja Michael as Salome, photograph by Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images, 2008, Royal Opera House, London. © Robbie Jack – Corbis/Corbis Entertainmen/Getty Images

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George Frideric Handel, terracota, Louis Francois Roubiliac, 18th century, England. Museum no. M.3-1922. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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'Milano' from the series 'Fratelli d’Italia’, Matthias Schaller, 2005 – 2016. © Matthias Schaller

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Draft of part of Cherubino’s Act I aria ‘Non so più cosa son’ (K492, no. 6), autograph score, Wolfgang A. Mozart, 1786. British Library, Zweig MS 57 © British Library, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

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A Box at the Theatre des Italiens, Eva Gonzalès, oil painting, 1874, France. © Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

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Music in the Tuileries Garden, oil painting, Edouard Manet, 1861 – 62. National Gallery NG3260. © The National Gallery, London/Scala, Florence

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The Viola da Gamba Musician, oil painting, Bernardo Strozzi, 1630 – 40, Germany. © 2017. Photo Scala, Florence/bpk, Bildagentur fuer Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Berlin

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View of Venice, print, Frederick de Wit, Netherlands. Museum no. E.1539-1900. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, Katie Mitchell (Director), Vicki Mortimer (designer), 2012. © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey

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Ensemble in 'Spaceship' at the dress rehearsal of Einstein on the Beach, Philip Glass in collaboration with Robert Wilson, 2013, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. © Lawrence K. Ho/ Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

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Politbureau ZKVKP (B) (Central Committee of the All Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik), poster, Gustav Klutsis, 1935, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Museum no. E.1267-1989. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Shostakovich's First Symphony, oil painting, Pavel Filonov, 1935, Russia. © State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Bridgeman Images

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