My wife and I are both musicians by training and really enjoyed visiting the museum. There are 4 separate but related exhibitions, which somewhat confuses what is on offer, so I will explain them. Firstly there is the main AMO museum which explains the various components that go together to create an opera: the music, the libretto (the words and plot), set design, costume, performers etc. it also gives an overview of some principle opera composers, but with a strong Italian bias. This was a fascinating exhibition with some interactive displays, costumes, sets, original scores and letters from composers to publishers or opera producers.
This exhibition is free for people who have tickets for the opera so is well worth visiting. The other exhibitions are chargeable, so we did this exhibition first on one day. Having spent 2 hours at it, we decided to return the following day to do the other 3 exhibitions.
The other 3 are chargeable and opera ticket holders get a reduction. I think the reduced price was 10 euros but that is from memory. The other 3 consist of one exhibition about opera at the arena, one about Pavarotti and an exhibition of old photographs from the arena archive? The arena exhibition had a fair bit of overlap with the AMO exhibition, with more costumes and set designs. The Pavarotti one was a surprise. I'm not keen on treating people as celebrities (the music is more important to me than a big name) but this was a great exhibition which portrayed his career, charity work, complete with costumes and scores which he had annotated for his own rehearsal use. The photographic exhibition was interesting too if you want to see how sets have developed over the years. We spent another 2 hours spread across these 3 exhibitions.
In summary, if you have opera tickets and like opera, then it is a 'no brainer' to attend the excellent and free (to you) AMO exhibition. If you enjoy that, then do as we did and pay for the others. However, you may find that the AMO addresses your needs and interests.
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