His­tor­i­cal arias

We take a tour of the V&A’S ex­hi­bi­tion Opera: Pas­sion, Power and Pol­i­tics, which brings the story of the most am­bi­tious art form to life

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As we take a look at the new opera ex­hi­bi­tion at the V&A, his­to­rian Lucy Wors­ley tells us about her new Nights at the Opera series on BBC TV

The his­tory of opera is colour­ful and com­plex, a tale that be­gan in Italy over 400 years ago and which is still be­ing told to­day. This au­tum, a ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum brings to­gether more than 300 ob­jects il­lus­trat­ing how the art form has de­vel­oped over the cen­turies. Seven pre­mieres in seven cities, from Mon­teverdi’s Venice to Shostakovich’s St Peters­burg, are at the heart of this in-depth look at how opera has been in­flu­enced by so­ci­ety, cul­ture and pol­i­tics across the ages. Here are a few of the high­lights…

Opera: Pas­sion, Power and Pol­i­tics runs at the V&A in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Royal Opera House from 30 September 2017 to 25 February 2018

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