The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum holds a photography exhibition on the history of opera in the 20th century
Aug 12, 2005
From today, Friday, the exhibition will be located on the Museum’s Calle Menor, one of the areas that can be freely accessed by the public. It has been set up by the EFE news agency and depicts the great opera performances and key opera figures, as well as some of the most important opera venues in the world, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala in Milan.
In this new exhibition offered by the Science Museum, the public can learn more about the history of opera from the 1920’s to mid-2005. From the portrait of the opera and zarzuela singer Ofelia Nieto playing the piano at the turn of the century to the picture of the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis saying goodbye to the opera singer Maria Callas at a party in London in June 1959, by way of the photo of Charles Chaplin when, in the sixties, he received a two-seater plane as first prize in a charity lottery held at the Paris Opera and a picture from the concert give by the tenors Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at London’s Wembley Stadium, during their successful world tour in 1996.
"Opera and Valencia. Historic pictures compiled by Agencia EFE" also includes a picture of the President of the Region of Valencia, Francisco Camps, together with the conductor Zubin Mehta when in 2002 at the Munich Opera, the Israeli conductor was invited by the Valencian Government to conduct the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana. Zubin Mehta also appears in another picture together with the architect Santiago Calatrava during the presentation of the Palau de les Arts Foundation in December 2004.
This exhibition serves as a prologue to the official presentation, on the 8th of October, of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, the venue that will put Valencia on the world map of opera and large-scale musical performances.