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Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

30 Sep 2017 - 25 Feb 2018

The Victoria and Albert Museum, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, will create a vivid and immersive journey through nearly 400 years of opera. The only exhibition ever to explore opera on a grand scale, it will immerse visitors in key moments of the history of European opera from its roots in Renaissance Italy to its present-day form. More than 300 extraordinary objects, including important international loans, will be shown alongside digital footage of compelling opera performances. Objects on display include Salvador Dali’s costume design for Peter Brook’s 1949 production of Salome; the original score of Verdi’s Nabucco from the Archivio Storico Ricordi in Milan; and one of two surviving scores from the first public opera. Find out more about the ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ exhibition from the V&A’s website.

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Shostakovich's First Symphony (1935), Filonov Pavel Nikolaevich. © State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Bridgeman Images

Shostakovich’s First Symphony (1935), Filonov Pavel Nikolaevich. © State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Bridgeman Images

Politbureau ZKVKP (B) (Central Committee of the All Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik) by Gustav Klutsis. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Politbureau ZKVKP (B) (Central Committee of the All Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik) by Gustav Klutsis. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Nadja Michael as Salome at the Royal Opera House, London, 2008. © The Richard Avedon Foundation © Robbie Jack - Corbis/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images

Nadja Michael as Salome at the Royal Opera House, London, 2008. © The Richard Avedon Foundation © Robbie Jack – Corbis/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images

Music in the Tuileries Garden (1861–62), Edouard Manet. © 2017. Copyright The National Gallery, London/Scala, Florence

Music in the Tuileries Garden (1861–62), Edouard Manet. © 2017. Copyright The National Gallery, London/Scala, Florence

Costume design for The Executioner by Salvador Dalí, Royal Opera House, London, 1949. © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2017

Costume design for The Executioner by Salvador Dalí, Royal Opera House, London, 1949. © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2017

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