The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World

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Opera housestemples to the art of Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and morehave been created by some of the most talented architects and designers of their generations, inspiring centuries of veneration from audiences, filled with royalty and commoners alike. In this sumptuous book, photographer Guillaume de Laubier and journalist Antoine Pecqueur explore more than 25 of the world’s most beautiful opera houses, from Tokyo to Covent Garden, from Oslo to Chicago, from Milan to New York. The buildings are described in their historical contexts, while stunning photography reveals the theaters’ most captivating spaces. In addition to offering sweeping views of ornate auditoriums and facades, the book opens doors normally closed to the public, entering the artists’ dressing rooms, rehearsal halls, scenery workshops, and more, presenting a wide-ranging and compelling look into a spectacular world.

Praise for The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World:
Performance spaces take the spotlight in The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World and you don’t need to be a music buff to appreciate their range. The photographs by Guillaume de Laubier capture 32 theaters across the globe in rich detail . . . Who knew empty stages made for such good theater?” Wall Street Journal

With the growing popularity of massive arenas, it is often difficult to think back to a time when going out for a night of music was synonymous with elegance. But a new book has rediscovered the high art of these exquisite theater spaces. The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World contains hundreds of photographs showing the exteriors and auditoriums of these cultural treasuresand is a reminder why these architectural wonders are worth a visit.”

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419709615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419709616
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds

Customer Reviews

A must for opera lovers

8 people found this helpful.
 on December 6, 2013
By Len Lamensdorf
Extraordinary! Drop-dead beautiful photos of magnificent opera houses in an elegant format — weighty, but wonderful


 on August 20, 2017
By alexander Nixon
For those of us caught by the “red and gold disease” of opera houses, this and David Levant’s book are superb. I felt that I could fall through the pages onto the stage.

Unusual Use

 on May 13, 2017
By Esther
We used it for my friend’s funeral as a guest signing book. My friend was a volunteer for and a lover of opera so it was fitting for her friends to honor her in this way.

Truly a beautiful book

4 people found this helpful.
 on December 16, 2013
By Robert A. Farrow
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. The background on the houses is great and the pictures are stunning. This will always be on my table for visitors to see.

Beautiful Book

18 people found this helpful.
 on November 19, 2013
This is a must have if you love beautiful books about your favorite things. Opera houses are a interest of mine. You will not be disappointed with this purchase. This book would make an excellent gift for someone who is interested in opera or architecture.

Gorgeous book

One person found this helpful.
 on March 5, 2014
By Dr New York
I bought this book as a gift. I will be giving it next month for a birthday celebration. I’m sure it will be appreciated.

beautiful book

One person found this helpful.
 on March 6, 2014
By Will
i wish it had a photo or 2 of the Sydney opera, which is included int he book but lacking photos

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on July 15, 2014
By lucy
Perfect gift for our friends! They loved!

Well Worth The Money

 on February 24, 2014
By Britt Le Bonzo
This book contains gorgeous photography and is a steal at $38. My only complaint is there are a few too many minimalist Eurotrash opera houses included. The best, is the one by Calatrava – 2 or 3 others are cold, stark and boring. . Most readers want to see lavish, classic opera houses like La Fenice – the pictures of the restored Venetian opera house are spectacular! Don’t hesitate to buy this lavish book, just know what to expect.

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