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 the vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day

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Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven 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.

  • Opening on Saturday, 30 September 2017
  • Sainsbury Gallery
  • Tickets cost £19.00

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

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

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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