Planning for any new opera production starts quite early – three to four years ahead, sometimes even longer. In comparison, the one year seems almost short that Lois Lammerhuber spent at the Vienna State Opera to observe and photograph the staging of Gaetano Donizetti‘s Don Pasquale – from the start to the opening night on 26 April 2015.
What do you need to look out for? What are the criteria for deciding on a particular opera? What does it take to put it on? In GENESIS, Dominique Meyer, Director of the Vienna State Opera, answers freely. He allows deep and intense insights into the sequence of processes that make up a new opera production, how he manages them, how modern opera management works and how the exact cooperation of many creative and passionate heads lets the magic of an opening night emerge.
After Metamorphoses, Creation, Celebration, Close-up, Passion, Emotion, Glamour, On Stage and Harmony, Genesis is the 10th 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.