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The 19th century was a golden age for music – and the posters advertising the productions of these now iconic operas are artworks in their own right. We've put together a gallery of some of the most eye-catching from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The works of Shakespeare were a key inspiration for Giuseppe Verdi – 'Otello' is just one of a clutch of operas based on works by the bard. This 1887 poster advertises the premiere of an opera now regarded as one of Verdi’s most powerful works. Image: Alamy
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