Dominique Meyer, Herwig Pecoraro 
Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 32 cm, 220 pages, 91 images
German, English, French 
ISBN 978-3-901753-85-5
February 2015


In Greek mythology, Harmonia (ancient Greek: α῾ρμονία) is the goddess of harmony and concord. Harmonics is a term used in music theory, describing the harmony of sounds. HARMONY is a book about the members of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper in the season 2014/2015.

The opera – often written off – looks back on a history of more than 400 years. Whatever changes may have been necessary, the opera’s essential tools are the voice and the singing. The Wiener Staatsoper is renowned for presenting the world’s best singers every evening. HARMONY portrays these vocalists, all 54 members of the Wiener Staatsoper ensemble in the season 2014/2015.The book gives us an idea of how opera really works, describes past and present ensembles and the everyday life of an opera singer. Kammersänger Herwig Pecoraro, tenor and president of the Solistenverband, and photographer Lois Lammerhuber invited the singers to ‘portray themselves’ without costume or make-up. The artists were to be photographed following their own ideas and wishes, dressed in their own clothes, and set in their favourite spot in the opera house. The result is a collection of very personal photographs.

After Metamorphoses, Creation, Celebration, Close-up, Passion, Emotion, Glamour and On Stage, Harmony is the 9th volume in an encyclopaedic series about the Wiener Staatsoper, conceived to grow by one volume per year until 2019, when the opera house celebrates its 150th anniversary.


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.

Herwig Pecoraro

was born in Bludenz, studied in Feldkirch, Mantua and Modena and attended master classes with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. He was a member of the ensembles of the opera Graz and the Volksoper Vienna for several years. Guest performances brought the Austrian tenor i.a. to the Bregenz Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the opera houses of Bern, St. Gallen, Hamburg, Munich, Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Milan, New York and San Francisco as well as to Japan. Herwig Pecoraro is an Austrian Kammersänger and president of the Solistenverband of the Wiener Staatsoper.

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.