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David Leventi: Opera
Foreword by Plácido Domingo. Text by Marvin Heiferman, Thomas Mellins.
In his series Opera, photographer David Leventi (born 1978)—whose work has been widely published in Time, The New York Times Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and American Photography—captures the interiors of more than 40 opera houses spanning four centuries and four continents. Shot meticulously over five years, Opera presents a typology; each empty hall is seen from the place at center stage where the singers would stand. The large-format camera reveals these temples of music in their wealth of architectural detail and acoustic design; the body of work historically documents landmarks that serve as symbols of their nations' wealth and grandeur, their dedication to the promotion of the arts and to bringing communities together. With its unique concept—the opera house as a lens for cultural survey, a unifying force and tradition across continents—the collection serves as a beautiful tribute to opera.
Featured image is reproduced from David Leventi: Opera.
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From the Opera Royal at Versailles to Zaha Hadid's Guangzhou Opera House in China, Leventi captured each space using large-format eight-by-ten-inch film, composing lushly detailed images that reflect the influence of his mentor, architectural lensman Robert Polidori. Each shoot was an all-consuming hours-long process that Leventi compares to the musicians' own onstage experience.
“I experience an almost religious feeling walking into a grand space such as an opera house,” says Leventi. And yet from this sumptuousness he creates an ordered typology in a way that links his work to artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher.
Part of the way Leventi achieves that order is by repeatedly photographing from the stage, looking back out at the audience—just where the singer might stand.
In his new book Opera (Damiani), photographer David Leventi documents more than 40 lavis houses on four continents, most from a vantage point usually known only to the stars—center stage. These grand spaces clearly merit a standing ovation.
Travel + Leisure
If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to stand front-and-center on a stage in one of the world’s most beautiful opera houses, photographer David Leventi has your answer. While the seats may be empty and the orchestra pit barren, his shots of the ornate halls carry enough grandiose detail to leave anyone in awe.
From Italy to Argentina, Budapest to Moscow, Leventi travels the globe to present the interiors of opera houses that are nothing short of awesome.
For the past few years, Leventi has thoroughly explored that point of view. He's compiled a series of photographs into a new book, simply titled Opera, and we can attest to their stunning imagery.
Leventi has published a visual catalogue of these grand cultural institutions in his new series Opera, which, more than presenting a mere typology of houses, also reveals the extent to which these ornate interiors stand as symbols of their countries’ wealth, grandeur and musical legacy.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/6/2015
"Curtain, Teatro Colon," Buenos Aires, Argentina (2010), is reproduced from Opera, Damiani's highly anticipated collection of David Leventi's exquisite, large-format photographs of international opera houses. With rich introductory texts by Plácido Domingo and Marvin Heiferman and fascinating, even dishy descriptions of each of the opera houses by Thomas Mellins, this book is much more than the sum of its parts, and strangely difficult to put down. Heiferman writes, "What distinguishes and complicates Leventi’s images are the passion and order they celebrate, the synesthesia they summon up, and the questions about opera’s continuity they raise. Ultimately, it is the photographer’s firmly fixed perspective that encourages our eyes and minds to alight here and there, look this way and that, and to contemplate the legacy and power of opera through the lens of his own tour-de-force performance." continue to blog
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