The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World

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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


About The Metropolitan Opera

Founded in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera moved to its Lincoln Center home in 1966.  

The opera house was designed by Wallace K. Harrison. Five distinctive arches clad in white travertine form the entrance. The lobby is dominated by a cantilevered stairway, two murals by Marc Chagall, and 11 crystal chandeliers resembling constellations or starbursts.

The two paintings by Marc Chagall decorate the front lobby. On the south wall is “The Triumph of Music,” on the north wall is “The Sources of Music.” There are also statues by Aristide Maillol and Wilhelm Lehmbruck.

The crystal chandeliers in both the lobby and auditorium were conceived by Tad Leski of Harrison & Abramovitz and the design developed and fabricated by Hans Harald Rath of J. & L. Lobmeyr of Vienna.

Numerous portraits of great Met artists of the past are on display in Founders Hall, on the lower level of the lobby, and costume and memorabilia displays can be found in several locations in the lobby.

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