Title: BRAVI! LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO: PHOTOGRAPHS ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Abbeville Press, 1994
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Unpaginated. Published in 1994. The artist/photographer's collection of photographs on subject. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Victor Skrebneski: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Skrebneski. Text by John von Rhein and Andrew Porter, the former music critic of The New Yorker Magazine, and the greatest writer on opera of our time. Glossy red endpapers, which brilliantly emulate the opera house's legendary red carpet. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Hong Kong to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Skrebneski's "Bravi!". Loving tribute to the ardor, beauty, and glamor of opera. The artist/photographer's homage to art-as-ecstasy celebrates in particular one of the world's greatest opera companies, The Lyric Opera of Chicago. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs of eleven opera stars as well as conductors, designers, directors, and a magnificent portfolio of production photographs taken between 1981 and 1994. "When you look at these wonderful pictures, I believe you can still hear the music, and you can still feel the electricity that must have existed in the house when the curtain went up. One of the most beautiful books about opera ever created" (Placido Domingo). Skrebneski's devotion to his adopted city is profound: He has also published books on its Film Festival ("Moving Pictures", 2004), its legendary theatre company ("Steppenwolf 25", 2004), and its legendary night life ("Richard's Bar", 2007), all of them iconic Chicago/American institutions. At his very best, Skrebneski is ranked with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn as a fashion, lifestyle, and portrait photographer. As a male and female nude photographer, he is firmly grounded in the great tradition of Horst and George Platt Lynes. The late great fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy paid Skrebneski the ultimate tribute anyone could hope for when he called the latter "an artist, not just a photographer". An absolute "must-have" title for Skrebneski collectors and opera lovers. This title is a photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have major flaws. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photographic plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SKREBNESKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1558597719. Bookseller Inventory # 14354
Synopsis: Bravi celebrates one of the great companies in the world--Lyric Opera of Chicago--truly a special place where artists love to come to sing and where, night after night, audiences fill the house to overflowing. During the past fifteen years, under the leadership of general director Ardis Krainik, and with artistic director Bruno Bartoletti, Lyric has given the world many truly extraordinary productions. Now, to commemorate Lyric's fortieth anniversary, the great photographer Victor Skrebneski has photographed eleven outstanding international singers. He has honored some of Lyric's most important conductors, designers, and directors and has chosen, and personally printed, a magnificent collection of production photographs taken since 1981.
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