Take a tour of the worlds most beautiful opera venues, from exquisite gems of early theatre design to modern masterpieces including the iconic Sydney Opera House. Each opera house profile provides an engaging guided tour of the buildings architectural features and interior design. It goes behind the scenes to reveal colourful stories of the patrons, impresarios and stars whose larger-than-life personalities, tempestuous relationships and outrageous behaviour at times surpassed the melodrama on stage. Chapter introductions trace the broad history of opera and fascinating feature spreads turn the spotlight on key figures and aspects of production ranging from singers, composers and conductors to stage machinery and costume design. Sumptuous, entertaining and inspiring, it will delight not only opera lovers and connoisseurs of architecture, but all those intrigued by the history of music, art and culture.
Great, Grand and Famous Opera Houses
...Where Art and Drama Meet