The Myth of the Opera at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Paintings, sculpture, prints, video and photography: the passion for opera has touched every artistic genre and language, taking on differing characteristics during the various phases of its history. From the prestigious collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Opera House comes an exhibition full of emotion. Seven memorable shows, connected to as many European Capitals, are the starting point for this look at the world of opera. It starts in Venice in the 1700s with the Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi to then go on to Vienna, with Salomé by Richard Strauss (1905) and then Saint Petersburg with Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Šostakovič (1934). Händel and London, Mozart and Vienna, Verdi and Milan, these are the intermediate steps of a stunning itinerary, which underlines the relationship of opera with its contexts and reveals the creative processes, from the libretto to the music, from the scenery to the performances. Inside the museum, the new Sainsbury Gallery is well worth the visit: recently renovated, it is one of the largest temporary exhibition spaces in all of the United Kingdom.
Francesca Grego - © 2017 for Bulgari Hotel London