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Opera Houses of the World

Beauvert, Thierry

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ISBN 10: 086565977X / ISBN 13: 9780865659773
Published by Vendome Press, New York, 1996
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Title: Opera Houses of the World

Publisher: Vendome Press, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: hardcover

Illustrator: Profusely illustrated

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st edition.

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This study tells the story of the great opera houses of the world, from the princes who commissioned them and the architects who designed them, to the singers who sang in them. Pride of place goes to the great national opera houses of Europe - from the Palais Garnier in Paris and Covent Garden in London to La Scala in Italy and the Bolshoi in Russia. Also featured are the innovatory theatres built by men dedicated to their own artistic ends. Focus of art and music, tradition and experiment, glamour and ideology, the opera house is a potent symbol of cultural identity.


The Opera House is a plush, gilded palace where grandiose spectacles requiring vast spaces and great heights could be performed. And where the social elite could come and watch in a comfort and elegance to match. Few opera houses were without a "royal box", since they were used not only to establish the ruling class in the eyes of the people, but also as the centerpiece for honoring fellow monarchs and heads of state with appropriate pomp and ceremony. The most talented architects and designers created these grand theaters, where ostentation was the order of the day and no expense was spared. Opera Houses Of The World takes the reader on a full-color tour of the globe's great opera houses. Moving from Cairo to Sydney, Newark to Barcelona, and Santa Fe to Buenos Aires, imposing facades and stuccoed interiors, architectural plans, stage designs, and actual performances are shown. Opera Houses Of The World is for every opera buff, and every school and community library music book collection. -- Midwest Book Review

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