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The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World Hardcover – October 29, 2013

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About the Author

Guillaume de Laubier, a photographer who has regularly contributed to Elle Décor, Vogue, and Maison Française, is the author of several books, including Abrams’ The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World. Antoine Pecqueur is a journalist for Le Monde, the French television channel Mezzo, and the classical music periodical La Lettre du Musicien.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419709615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419709616
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By LBS on November 19, 2013
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This is a must have if you love beautiful books about your favorite things. Opera houses are a interest of mine. You will not be disappointed with this purchase. This book would make an excellent gift for someone who is interested in opera or architecture.
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Extraordinary! Drop-dead beautiful photos of magnificent opera houses in an elegant format -- weighty, but wonderful
Len Lamensdorf
Westlake Village, CA
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I recently received a copy of this for my birthday. As an opera coach and author myself I'm always looking for interesting new books. I was so delighted to received Laubier's The Most Beautiful Opera houses in the World.

The book not only covers the history of major opera houses around the globe, but the photos, presentation are just outstanding. You feel immersed in the elegant world of grand opera. Not only a must for all opera lovers, but a really interesting historical guide into the history of opera.

You can tell this was a labor of of love for the author. The book is infused with elegance, and passion. I have it sitting on my coffee table, and it has been truly magical to see parents of of my vocal students look through this and say. "WOW I think I need to take the kids to their first opera."

Laubier captures the magic of the world of opera. BRAVO Signore.

J. R. is the author of: An Historical Study of Kurt Weill's Der Silbersee: Ein Wintermarchen
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I am thoroughly enjoying this book. The background on the houses is great and the pictures are stunning. This will always be on my table for visitors to see.
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My first quibble is that I bought the book for $60 and days later noticed it was now $40. A hint, Amazon, people don't like that. As far as the book goes, it is beautifully produced and photographed and very nostalgic if you have been to a house in question, exciting if you haven't (yet). Never having realised my life ambition of visiting Bayreuth and Salzburg, those were keenly interesting. There were some odd omissions, the Colon in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, the San Carlos in Lisbon etc. Others were given very short shrift even though gorgeous and famous. There are some arty angles and views which are pretty but then one sacrifices any real view of what it looks like. My main complaint, and the reason for 3 stars instead of 4, is the endless procession of modern, boring opera houses which most resemble parking garages. I remember being in Oslo a few years ago and passing the opera house. One of my companions said' "well you'll never see THAT in a coffee table book!" We all laughed, but here it is and more than one photo. Still, if you love opera and, like me, have some dream houses you will probably now never visit, get this book.
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