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Art Pursuits Abroad specialises in Art History and Architectural Cultural Study Tour Holidays in Europe and beyond.

Opera: Passion, Power & Politics

11 Nov 2017

Full day: £90.00

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Opera: Passion, Power & Politics Study Day

With his 1607 performance of Orfeo, the great Monteverdi became the earliest composer to narrate a story through words and music, thus creating the first recognisable opera. In September 2017, the V&A will unveil Opera: Power, Passion & Politics, a major landmark exhibition that will explore the medium of opera, from its origins in Late Renaissance Italy, to its present day interpretations. Acknowledging the art form’s creator, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Venice, 1642) is the earliest opera explored, but the exhibition will take an in-depth look at a further six different premiers in six different cities, cumulatively telling the story of opera across distinct cultural landscapes.

The exhibition will also bring together and set in context a multitude of historic operatic treasures, from the original score of Verdi’s Nabucco, to Dalí’s remarkable costume designs for Peter Brook’s Salome as performed in 1949. In the same way that such objects will highlight the huge creative scope and diversity apparent within this singular art form, so too will this Art Pursuits Study Day. From conception to reception, this day will guide you through the many ages of opera, offering a unique insight into the most spectacular and dramatic of all art forms.

Study Day Programme:


i. The making of 'Opera: Power, Passion & Politics'
Kate Bailey (V&A Curator, 'Opera: Power, Passion & Politics')


ii. Designing for opera
Simon Rees (Freelance Dramaturg)


Lunch (Not Included)


iii. Orpheus in Italian cities
Professor Roderick Swanston (Freelance lecturer, writer and broadcaster)


iv. Putting a character (or an idea) into opera
Professor Roderick Swanston (Freelance lecturer, writer and broadcaster)


Study Day Location:

Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square

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Each Study Day is is made up of a morning and an afternoon session. There will short refreshments breaks throughout the day between lectures. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.

Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Study Days are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.

Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Study Day to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

How to Book:

You can book on-line or ring us on 01280 820521 (we can take a card payment over the phone) or write to us - see our address details below.

Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Study Day place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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