Ahmet Ertuğ,photography
Michael Forsyth,text
Rolf Sachsse,essay
AE Limited Edition 2010

This limited edition large format book portrays 22 great European opera houses with stunning images by the world renowned photographer, Ahmet Ertuğ.

The book commences with Classical, Baroque and Rococo theatres - miraculous early survivors - from Palladio's exquisite Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, the forerunner of later theatres, to the charming court theatres at Drottningholm in Stockholm, and the beautiful Margrave's Opera House, Bayreuth and San Carlo in Naples. The grand nineteenth-century opera houses portrayed include the Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier), the rebuilt Teatro La Fenice, Venice, and Prague State Opera.
Finally, the book portrays recent architectural masterpieces by some of the world's leading architects including opera houses at Valencia, Lyon and Oslo.

To accompany Ertuğ's remarkable photography, in a separate text volume Michael Forsyth describes the architecture of each opera house and its social and musical history, including stories of human passion and intrigue that they can tell. Forsyth begins with an introduction that traces the rise of opera, the evolution of opera house architecture, and the musical and social demands of different nations and periods, with the remarkable effects these had on opera house acoustics.

The final section of the book contains an erudite essay, ‘Grand Opera Through the Grand Lens’, by Professor Rolf Sachsse, distinguished photographer, photographic historian, curator, and critic who currently holds the chair in Design History and Design Theory at the Saar University of Fine Arts (Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar), Saarbrücken. This chapter puts into context the oeuvre of Ahmet Ertuğ, one of the world’s leading protagonists of pictorial art in our time, and through which readers will appreciate the art of photography displayed in this book on a different level.

Ahmet Ertuğ trained as an architect in London before turning to photography. His artistry draws a deeply meditative energy and involves the observer in the intellectual content of his subjects. He has held major exhibitions in Paris, New York, London and Vienna and has a permanent exhibition of his work in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.

Michael Forsyth is an architect and historian and wrote the award-winning and widely-translated book, "Buildings for Music: the Architect, the Musician and the Listener from the seventeenth century to the present day".

The book is hand bound in leather and each photographic image is printed in an artisanal technique, stunning quality images are printed in 50x62cms size and presented unfolded. Photography is done with a large format 8x10 inch view camera.

  1. Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza
  2. Markgräfliches Opernhaus (Margrave's Opera House), Bayreuth
  3. Cuvilliés-Theater (Residenz-Theater), Munich
  4. Teatro Comunale, Bologna
  5. Teatro di villa Mazzacorati-Aldrovandi, Bologna
  6. Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Stockholm
  7. Opéra royal du château de Versailles
  8. Teatro alla Scala, Milan
  9. Teatro Mercadante, Naples
  10. Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux
  11. Estates Theatre (Stavovské Divadlo), Prague
  12. Teatro di San Carlo, Naples
  13. Theatre Royale de la Monnaie
  14. Teatro La Fenice, Venice
  15. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
  16. Palais Garnier, Paris
  17. Prague State Opera, Prague
  18. Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona
  19. Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
  20. Opéra Nouvel (National de Lyon)Lyon
  21. Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia
  22. Norwegian National Opera & Ballet,Oslo

Limited Edition Album & Text volume: $7500
Editions: 100
Fifty images are individually hand bound to the spine, printed single sided

Price Of Portfolio & Text volume: 15,000 US Dollars
Editions: 25
Fifty 52x62cm size images are placed loose in a leather bound box

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The book is for sale now in Paris, London,and Geneva exclusively at:

Librairie Galignani
224 Rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tel: +33(0)1 42 60 76 07

John Sandoe Books Ltd
10 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea
London, SW3 2SR
Tel:+44(0)20 7589 9473

Galerie Librairie Bernard Letu
2 rue Calvin, Geneva
Telf:+41223104757

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