Ioan Holender, Gert Korentschnig, Lois Lammerhuber
Karlheinz Roschitz, Heinz Sichrovsky, Wilhelm Sinkovicz
Photos: Axel Zeininger
24 x 32 cm, 632 pages, 293 photos
German/English, hardbound in a velvet slipcase
ISBN: 978-3-901753-19-0, February 2010


On 632 pages, Ioan Holender, former director of the Vienna State Opera, recollects all 118 premières of his term from 1991 to 2010, relating his impressions in a very personal and intimate way to Lois Lammerhuber. Axel Zeininger’s photos provide extensive insights into 19 years of opera, with the stars of a whole generation of singers, from Placido Domingo to Anna Netrebko. Facsimile prints of the original playbills make this book an extraordinary document. It also contains a discussion of the arts journalists Gert Korentschnig, Karl-Heinz Roschitz, Heinz Sichrovsky and Wilhem Sinkovicz.


Axel Zeininger

was born in Vienna in 1949. He has been working for many years as a photographer at the Kurier, Der Spiegel, GEO and Stern. In 1984, Zeininger was awarded Photgrapher of the Year by the international specialist magazine Opernwelt.  Between 1981 and 2010, Zeilinger was photographer of the Vienna State Opera. He published 26 books.

Gert Korentschnig

was born in 1966 in Klagenfurt. He is head of the culture and media editorial department of the daily Kurier, where he is also first music critic and vice-editor in chief. He is married to actor Nicole Beutler and has two children.

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.

Karlheinz Roschitz

was born in Vienna, where he studied German philology, art history, and history. He started his career as a journalist at the Kurier and became later head of the culture department of the Krone. He also lectures on literature and communication theories. He has written 25 books.

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.

Wilhelm Sinkovicz

was born in 1960 in Vienna. He studied composition at the conservatory and musicology at Vienna University and has been working as a music critic for the daily Die Presse since 1984. He is also a teacher at the Vienna University of Music, the Vienna Private Music Conservatory and at Vienna University, and he has published numerous books.