ON STAGE - Wiener Staatsoper

Peter Kozak, Andreas Láng, Oliver Láng, Dominique Meyer 
Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 32 cm, 328 pages, 340 images
German, English, French  
ISBN 978-3-901753-68-8
February 2014

ON STAGE - Wiener Staatsoper

ON STAGE shows everything what must be done before the curtain can be lifted and the prepared decorations of an opera house can be seen on stage so that the performance can start. The word „stage machinery“ describes only very inadequately the interaction of hundreds of people in highly skilled occupations, which you can learn only partially or not at all - unless you practice them: the flies, sinking, props, ... ON STAGE offers not only a glimpse behind the stage but also to mysterious places on, under and next to the stage, a preparatory drama that is as dramatic as the play itself.

After Metamorphoses, Creation, Celebration, Close-up, Passion, Emotion and Glamour, ON STAGE is the 8th 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.

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.