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The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World

Item# 9781419709616

The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World

By Antoine Pecaueur (Author) and Guillaume de Laubier (Photographer)
Foreword by James Levine, Music Director, Metropolitan Opera

Opera houses have been created by some of the world’s most talented architects and designers. This lavish book by photographer Guillaume de Laubier and journalist Antoine Pecqueur explores twenty-five of the most spectacular of them, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, The Bolshoi in Moscow, and the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth. Historical context highlights each theater’s creation and unique features, while stunning photography  showcases the theater’s most captivating spaces.  In addition to sweeping views of facades and performance spaces, this book also treats us to a peek behind the scene into rehearsal halls and dressing rooms.

Includes a Foreword written by James Levine, renowned Musical Director of the Metropolitan Opera, who has been credited with developing one of today’s finest orchestras, and nurturing generations of singers. In addition to leading opera performances worldwide, he has conducted major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

About the Authors
Guillaume de Laubier, a photographer who has regularly contributed to Elle Décor and Vogue, is the author of The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World.

Antoine Pecqueur is a journalist for Le Monde, the French television channel Mezzo, and the classical music periodical La Lettre du Musicien.


  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (October 29, 2013)
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 11 inches

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