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Skrebneski, Victor (Artist/Photographer); Von Rhein, John & Porter, Andrew (Contributors). BRAVI! LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY SKREBNESKI. New York City, NY: Abbeville Press, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine/Fine.

The artist/photographer's collection of photographs on subject. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. 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 living writer on opera. 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 loving tribute to the ardor, beauty, and glamor of opera, as exemplified by the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 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 (now in his vibrant 80's, Skrebneski has been a lifelong resident of the city). 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). 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". A stunningly beautiful collection, this is a "must-have" title for Skrebneski collectors and opera lovers. This title has been out-of-print for almost twenty years and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Many copies available online have major flaws. A very scarce copy thus. One of the finest living artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER VICTOR SKREBNESKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1558597719. $100.00

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