The Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) is an opera house – and opera company – with a history dating back to the mid-19th century. It is located in the centre of Vienna, Austria. It was originally called the Vienna Court Opera (Wiener Hofoper). In 1920, with the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy by the First Austrian Republic, it was renamed the Vienna State Opera. The members of the Vienna Philharmonic are recruited from its orchestra.
History of the building
The building was the first major building on the Vienna Ringstraße commissioned by the controversial Viennese "city expansion fund". Work commenced on the building in 1861 and was completed in 1869, following plans drawn up by architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll, who lived together in the 6. Bezirk. It was built in the Neo-Renaissance style.
The Ministry of the Interior had commissioned a number of reports into the availability of certain building materials, with the result that stones long not seen in Vienna were used, such as Wöllersdorfer Stein, for plinths and free-standing, simply-divided buttresses, the famously hard stone from Kaisersteinbruch, whose colour was more appropriate than that of Kelheimerstein, for more lushly decorated parts. The somewhat coarser-grained Kelheimerstein (also known as Solnhof Plattenstein) was intended as the main stone to be used in the building of the opera house, but the necessary quantity was not deliverable. Breitenbrunner stone was suggested as a substitute for the Kelheimer stone, and stone from Jois was used as a cheaper alternative to the Kaiserstein. The staircases were constructed from polished Kaiserstein, while most of the rest of the interior was decorated with varieties of marble.
The decision was made to use dimension stone for the exterior of the building. Due to the monumental demand for stone, stone from Sóskút, widely used in Budapest, was also used. Three Viennese masonry companies were employed to supply enough masonry labour: Eduard Hauser (still in existence today), Anton Wasserburger and Moritz Pranter. The foundation stone was laid on May 20, 1863.
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BennyV (13058) 2011-06-18 5:30
Fine bl/w architecture shot. It gives a good sense of the height of the balconies, yet the shape of the roof itself makes it difficult to guess how high it really is. Good pov, good picture & fine conversion to bl/w.
chawax (16485) 2011-06-18 8:51
I love the POV that makes us feel how high the opera house is. I love too the curved lines and the B&W choice. There is some noise in the photo, but it is OK here because it adds something to the atmosphere.
JFS (32453) 2011-06-19 8:19
Impressive cut of this part of the Viena Opena, I like your choice in B&W. Good work Csaba!
annjackman (15529) 2011-06-20 14:53
I do like the curved shapes that you have captured with your excellent POV. Nice to see it in b/w as it suits the graphical features of the image. Well done.
- Copyright: Csaba Witz (csabagaba) (6538)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-05-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony Alpha 200, sigma 18-125mm f/3,5-5,6 DC
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/6 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-18 0:26