One Eyeland Photography Awards 2017 FINALIST

Dominique Meyer
Thomas Lang
Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 32 cm, 256 pages, 155 photos
English, German, French 
ISBN 978-3-903101-28-9
February 2017


This is a wonderful choir, an incredibly good choir. Such stylistic versatility! Truly exceptional!”
Christian Thielemann

This is the 11th time that Dominique Meyer and Lois Lammerhuber invite you to take a look behind the scenes at the Vienna State Opera. CHORUS recounts the excellence needed in a choir to handle the many musical styles of a repertoire house with such virtuosity and to bring the inspiring individuality of each singer together to form one big, homogenous sound. It is also possible to express the unique situation of the Vienna State Opera Chorus in figures: In 2016 the choir sang in 57 different opera productions. Over more than six months, Lois Lammerhuber accompanied the choir with his camera in their everyday life. In the statements by Director Dominique Meyer and Choir Master Thomas Lang you hear from the experts how a modern choir can work with such precision that the creative energy of the voices is transformed into a magic sound.

A special edition of this book is offered as a souvenir to the gentlemen visitors of the Vienna Opera Ball 2017.

After Metamorphoses, Creation, Celebration, Close-up, Passion, Emotion, Glamour, On Stage, Harmony and Genesis Chorus is the 11th volume in an encyclopaedic series about the Vienna State Opera, designed to grow by one volume per year until 2019, when the opera house celebrates its 150th anniversary.


Andreas Láng

was born in Vienna as the son of Hungarian parents. He completed his high school education at a special music school in Vienna. Having studied piano at the Conservatory of the City of Vienna (piano) he worked as a pianist, lied accompanist and solo repetiteur. In parallel he studied musicology, history of art and philosophy at the University of Vienna (he received his master’s degree in 1996 and his doctorate in 2004). In 2000, he joined the press offic of the Wiener Staatsoper, changing to the dramaturg department in 2002.
He has written many publications and gives lectures.

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 March 1, 2020.

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.

Mario Steller

joined the Vienna State Opera Chorus in 1992. He became well known as a soloist, teacher and music manager.

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 Wiener Staatsoper since 2007.

Thomas Lang

was appointed Choir Master at the Vienna State Opera in 2006. His repertoire covers nearly 200 works. From 2006 until 2011, he was Choir Master at the Salzburg Festival. He has had guest performances in Europe, Korea, Japan and the USA.