Gesamtkunstwerk Wiener Staatsoper [Backstage]new

Dominique Meyer, Lois Lammerhuber,
Andreas Láng, Oliver Lang, Oliver Peter Graber, Benedikt Kobel
24 x 32 cm, 200 pages, 112 photos
English, German, French
ISBN 978-3-903101-77-7 
February 2020

Gesamtkunstwerk Wiener Staatsoper [Backstage]

Dominique Meyer and Lois Lammerhuber created a book for the Vienna Opera Ball each year – the so-called ‘gentlemen’s ball gift’. Each book was dedicated to a facet of the Wiener Staatsoper as a complete work of art: PASSION dealt with the Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra, [E]MOTION with the Wiener Staatsballett, GLAMOUR with the costume workshops, ON STAGE with the stagehands, HARMONY with the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper, GENESIS with the creation of a premiere, CHORUS with the Wiener Staatsoper Choir, REPERTOIRE with the repertory of the Wiener Staatsoper and BEL CANTO with the singers of the 150-year history of the Wiener Staatsoper. This photo book is an homage to the house on the Ring and includes Lois Lammerhuber’s favourite images from 10 years of collaboration.

Ink pen drawings by Kammersänger Benedikt Kobel, tenor and member of the Staatsoper ensemble, illustrate special moments from the seasons under Dominique Meyer’s directorship.

* Museum ROSPHOTO, 
Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 7 March 2020 – 19 April 2020
Presented by OMV


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.

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.

Oliver Peter Graber

is an internationally renowned composer and interpreter of his own works focussing on ballet, solo concerts and experimental music. Some of his compositions of ballet music were performed at the Wiener Staatsoper. He was a university lecturer and is the ballet dramaturg of the Wiener Staatsballett.