Library of Congress to feature history of opera

WASHINGTON (AP) - Opera's music, lavish scenery and performances have entertained audiences for more than 400 years, and now opera will have a showcase at the Library of Congress.

The library announced plans for a new exhibition opening Aug. 15 called "A Night at the Opera." It will feature 50 items, including manuscript and printed scores from top composers including Mozart, photographs and set designs dating from the 1700s to early 1900s.

The library will feature the history of opera in its Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery in the library's James Madison Building. It will be on view through Jan. 25 before traveling to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The exhibit also commemorates the bicentennials of opera composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. They were both born in 1813.