Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V and A

Tuesday 24th October 2017 9:36 am posted in What's On, Culture, Events

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

Whether you are an opera lover or completely new to the genre, a game-changing exhibition at the V and A – Passion, Power and Politics has received incredible reviews and is highly recommended for a visit. 

Located in the new Sainsbury wing in the glorious Victoria and Albert Museum which is just a short 12 minute walk from Nell Gwynn House, visitors are supplied with headphones to create an immersive multi-media experience like no other. Explore over 400 years of European cultural history from the origins of opera in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day in this landmark exhibition which has been mounted in collaboration with The Royal Opera House.

Seven operas from seven cities are explored through their composer’s lives and the cities and countries in which they were originally performed; Venice for Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, London for Handel’s Rinaldo, Vienna for Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Milan for Verdi’s Nabucco, Paris for Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Dresden for Strauss’s Salome, and Leningrad for Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Alongside beautiful music there there are artefacts, models and costumes, musical instruments and sheet music and also art, films and photographs including a life-size baroque stage set.

A passage from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s 1758 Letter to D’Alembert on the Theatre is daubed on the walls. “The stage is, in general a painting of the human passions, the original of which is in every human heart.” and on the basis of this landmark exhibition, I would certainly concur.

Passion, Power and Politics at the V and A: open now until 25th February 2017. Advanced ticket booking essential. Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL