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.
It’s a remarkable achievement that ultimately has the potential to change the way you think.
The V&A’s spectacular new show has something for opera snobs, opera virgins and all shades between.
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics is devoted to a richly complex passage in European cultural history. Dramatically lit, boldly theatrical and graphically vivid.
Throughout, you’re hearing sounds so beautiful that it’s a wrench to leave one historic moment and enter another. You want to stick with what you’re hearing. What drives you on is curiosity to see what the clever organisers have come up with next.
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.
Take a look inside the opera exhibition
Artists, designers and performers diverse range of skills combine to create a total art form: opera
Quick guides to seven great operas through the ages
An 18th-century mechanical theatre was a technology of tricks and devices that changed scenes almost miraculously
Yasmene Hussein creates intricate and beautiful hairpieces for Opera's historical fashion displays
Discover the evolution of opera from early Baroque extravaganzas through to contemporary productions
Engravings, caricatures and prints in our collections document the dramatic 400 year history of opera
#OperaPassion day featured live streams and special events from across the UK in celebration of opera
Generously supported by the BLAVATNIK FAMILY FOUNDATION and THE TAYLOR FAMILY FOUNDATION