Palazzo Ducale

Doge's Palace

OPERA. The stars of melodrama


The stars of melodrama


From 9 April to 30 August 2020
Venezia, Palazzo Ducale – Appartamento del Doge



The fascinating history of opera through the centuries, from its origins in Italy, and in particular in Venice, to the contemporary era. Music, painting, sculpture, architecture: opera brings together different languages of art and is a multi-sensory experience. Its history is influenced by historical, social, political and economic factors, and its production goes through many phases and involves different players: patrons, impresarios, composers, singers, costume designers, set designers and, finally. the public. The exhibition will itself be a multi-sensory experience, with a long gallery of paintings, drawings, dresses, librettos, sets, and memorable premieres re-proposed in an unprecedented presentation.

It will be a tribute to Venice as the birthplace of melodrama and to Italy as the place of election for the most important names in the history of opera.

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Exhibition organised by
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
In collaboration with
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Curated by
Kate Bailey
Exhibition design
Pier Luigi Pizzi
Scientific direction of the Italian venue
Gabriella Belli

Sound Experience by


Exhibition organised by 
the Victoria and Albert
Museum, London