Ioan Holender, Eva Dintsis, Alexander Hainka, Manfred Hoffelner, Peter Kozak, Oliver Láng, Walter Renner, Reinhard Seifert, Werner Piller
Photos: Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 32 cm, 204 pages, 20-pages insert
Softcover in a slipcase
ISBN 978-3-901753-10-7, February 2009


THE HOUSE ON THE RING celebrated its 140th anniversary. The book relates the story of the Vienna State Opera building, from the laying of the foundation stone on 20 May 1863 to the solemn inauguration on 25 May 1869, from the destruction in the Second World War to the reopening in 1955. Above all, it tells of the uniqueness of this repertoire theatre.

In large-size images, ace photographer Lois Lammerhuber looks on and behind the scenes of the Vienna State Opera, accessing places usually prohibited to visitors and showing stage machinery, rehearsal rooms, and the ceiling frescos high up in the beams.  
With a preface by Ioan Holender, for many years director of the Vienna State Opera, and a text by long-time employees, this book provides insight into the way Austria’s music icon really works.  
All gentlemen attending the Opera Ball 2009, approximately 3000, were presented with this book as a so-called „Herrenspende“, gentlemen’s gift.

Edition Lammerhuber accompanied the project from the conception to the production and was specifically in charge of:

General concept
Entire production
Briefing of authors
Graphic design
Entire prepress production
Image processing
Colour coordination
Prepress proofing according to Ugra/Fogra standard
Print document
Supervision of printing
Supervision of printing


Ioan Holender

was born in 1935 in Timişoara, Romania. For political reasons, he was forced to emigrate to Austria in 1959. After a brief career as a singer, he founded a very successful opera agency. After the unexpected passing away of Eberhard Waechter, Holender was appointed director of the Vienna State Opera in 1992 and remained in office for 19 years.

Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, 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 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour 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 Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

Werner E. Piller

is Professor of Palaeontology and Historical Geology at the University of Graz. His research spans fields ranging from taxonomy, palaeoecology and palaeoceanography, biogeography, stratigraphy to molecular biology. He has published numerous scientific papers, books and journal issues. He is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Chair of the Austrian National Committee of Geosciences and the Austrian National Committee of Geo/Hydro­ Sciences, and President of the Regional Committee of Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy.