Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

V&A Duets with Covent Garden for Major Show about History of Opera

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

V&A Duets with Covent Garden for Major Show about History of Opera

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Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

MOZART, Manet and Versace have all been enlisted for a major exhibition telling the story of opera.

The show, the first in the V&A's underground Sainsbury Gallery, is a collaboration with the Royal Opera House. More than 300 objects, including a piano played by Mozart, paintings inspired by opera and costumes and sets, will go on display and trace the art from its roots in Renaissance Italy to the present day. Other exhibits include costume designs by surrealist Salvador Dali for a 1949 production of Salome and one of two surviving scores from the first public opera.

Visitors will be given headphones as they go through the exhibition, themed around seven notable premieres of work in seven different cities. The Royal Opera House's chorus has also recorded a version of the Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves from Verdi's Nabucco. Covent Garden's outgoing director of opera, Kasper Holten, and music director Sir Antonio Pappano have both lent their expertise. Mr Holten said he and the V&A's then-director Martin Roth, who left last year to be replaced by ex-MP Tristram Hunt, first discussed the show in 2011. …

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