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Discover how social, political and economic factors come into play in opera to paint a fascinating picture of European history. Read More


Immerse yourself in a 400-year exploration of opera at the Victoria and Albert Museum with the vivid Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition, in partnership with the Royal Opera House.

More than 300 objects take you through highlights of European operatic history, from opera’s early days in Renaissance Italy right up to its 21st-century form. It is the first exhibition staged in the V&A’s new Sainsbury Gallery and features spectacular opera performances heard through headphones as you explore the exhibition.

See Salvador Dali’s costume design for Peter Brook’s 1949 production of Salome, the original score of Verdi’s Nabucco and original pieces from the 1934 premier of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, on display outside Russia for the first time.

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Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road
South Kensington
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington, Knightsbridge Train: Victoria. Follow the Museums tunnel from South Kensington Underground.

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