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EDITION LAMMERHUBER presents GESAMTKUNSTWERK VIENNA STATE OPERA [BACKSTAGE] book as a gentlemen’s ball gift at the Vienna Opera Ball 2020 with the best-of 10 years – including an exhibition at ROSPHOTO in St.Petersburg

The book GESAMTKUNSTWERK presents a collection of favorite photos of Lois Lammerhuber from his 10-year cooperation with the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Dominique Meyer: 100 atmospheric and essayistic images give an account of the passionate and creative work going on backstage, which is normally hidden from the audience of the Vienna State Opera. The photos of the book can also be seen in an exhibition at the photography museum ROSPHOTO in St.Petersburg through 19 April, 2020 – and, of course, safely and at a safe distance online here on GoSee.

Together with Dominique Meyer, Director of the Vienna State Opera, multiple award-winning photographer Lois Lammerhuber have created a book for the Vienna Opera Ball each year – the so-called ‘gentlemen’s ball gift’. Each book was dedicated to a facet of the Vienna State Opera as a complete work of art: PASSION dealt with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, [E]MOTION with the Vienna State Ballet, GLAMOUR with the costume workshops, ON STAGE with the stagehands, HARMONY with the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, GENESIS with the creation of a premiere, CHORUS with the Vienna State Opera Choir, REPERTOIRE with the repertory of the Vienna State Opera and BEL CANTO with the singers of the 150-year history of the Vienna State Opera.

The new book GESAMTKUNSTWERK presents a best-of from the last 10 years. It also contains ink pen drawings by tenor and State Opera ensemble member KS Benedikt Kobel which illustrate special moments from the seasons under Dominique Meyer’s directorship. The texts were written by dramaturgists Oliver Láng and Andreas Láng as well as ballet dramaturgist Oliver Peter Graber.

LOIS LAMMERHUBER is a photographer and publisher. He has produced more than 1000 reportages, some 250 of which for the magazine GEO. This, plus 80 books and hundreds of magazine covers. He has received numerous awards for his photos, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994.

In 2009, he and his wife Silvia Lammerhuber founded the publishing house Edition Lammerhuber, which has since been honored with more than 200 awards, among others, at ADC New York and the German Photo Book Prize. In 2013, 2015 and 2017, Edition Lammerhuber was awarded by the Federation of European Photographers (FEP) as the Best Photo Book Publisher in Europe.

In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honor, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honor for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honor for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018, he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

DOMINIQUE MEYER became Director of the Vienna State Opera on 1 September 2010. He had worked in the cabinet of Minister of Cultural Affairs, Jack Lang, before being appointed, in 1989, as Director General of the Paris Opera, which includes Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille. From 1994 to 1999 he was Director General of Opera Lausanne, from September 1999 until the end of the 2009/2010 season he worked as general manager and Artistic Director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Dominique Meyer will be the general director of La Scala in Milan as of 1 March, 2020.

OLIVER LÁNG was born in Vienna. He studied the violin, musicology, theatre studies, and law. His wide-ranging professional career includes writing reviews of cultural events; work as a lecturer; writing publications; working at the Academy of Sciences and the European Academy for Music Theatre; freelance dramaturgy projects; lecturing at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Sciences and the Institute for Musicology at the University of Vienna. He joined the Bundestheater-Holding in 2003 and has been working as dramaturg at the Vienna State Opera since 2007.

OLIVER PETER GRABER is an internationally renowned composer and interpreter of his own works focussing on ballet, solo concerts and experimental music. Some of his compositions of ballet music were performed at the Wiener Staatsoper. He was a university lecturer and is the ballet dramaturg of the Vienna State Ballet.

Museum ROSPHOTO, St. Petersburg, Russia
7 March – 19 April, 2020

GESAMTKUNSTWERK – Vienna State Opera [Backstage]
Lois Lammerhuber, Dominique Meyer
Andreas Láng, Oliver Lang, Oliver Peter Graber, Benedikt Kobel
German | English | French
24 × 32 cm, 200 pages, 112 photos
Hardcover, ISBN 978-3-903101-77-7, € 59.00


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