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Enjoy these sumptuous photos taken by David Leventi from 'Opera'. Foreword by Plácido Domingo, texts by Marvin Heiferman and Thomas Mellins.
Thomas Mellins writes: "Twenty-five crystal chandeliers, donated by the Austrian government in gratitude for American support in rebuilding the Staatsoper in Vienna following World War II, were designed to mechanically rise during performances so as to not obstruct views of the stage. The 24-carat gold-leafed ceiling reputedly required so much gold that weekly quotas were imposed so as to not adversely affect other businesses requiring the material." Photo: © David Leventi
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