Opera by David Leventi

Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth, Germany, 2008

“Opera” records the interiors of world-famous opera houses, all photographed with 4×5” and 8×10” Arca-Swiss cameras to maximize detail. Architecturally meticulous, this body of work serves to historically document these national and cultural landmarks.

“The project is in remembrance of my grandfather Anton Gutman a cantor trained right after World War II by Helge Rosvaenge, a famous Danish operatic tenor who sang regularly with the State Operas in Berlin and Vienna. While Gutman was interned in a prisoner-of-war camp in the Soviet Union, he performed for prisoners and officers. Nearly a half-century later, I grew up listening to him sing while he walked around our living room. The spaces included in this project are houses in which my grandfather never got the chance to perform. As the son of two architects, I experience an almost religious feeling walking into a grand space such as an opera house.

The opera houses in “Opera” stand as symbols of their nations’ wealth and grandeur, their dedication to the promotion of the arts and to bringing communities together. They are spaces with history – architecture like the National Theater, Prague State Opera, and Estates Theater in Prague or the Hungarian State Theater in Budapest that were universally recognized as being so powerful they were left standing through wars, or – like Dresden’s Semperoper and Vienna’s Wiener Staatsoper – which, though bombed, were rebuilt as symbols of their nations’ perseverance.” David Leventi 


Curtain, Palais Garnier, Paris, France, 2009

La Scala, Milan, Italy, 2008

Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest, Romania, 2007

Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona, Spain, 2009

Teatro di Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati BOLOGNA, ITALY, 2014Teatro di Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati Bologna, Italy, 2014

Opera de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 2009

Bolshoi, Moscow, Russia, 2011

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía VALENCIA, SPAIN, 2014Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Valencia, Spain, 2014

Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Italy, 2009

Teatro Municipale, Piacenza, Italy, 2010

Amargosa Opera House, Death Valley Junction, California, 2009

Palais Garnier, Paris, France, 2009

Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008

Prague State Opera, Prague, Czech Republic, 2008

La Fenice, Venice, Italy, 2008

Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Germany, 2009

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 2008

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2 Responses to Opera by David Leventi

  1. bwcarey says:

    amazing, seriously impressed,


  2. bwcarey says:

    Reblogged this on paddypicasso and commented:
    prepare to be amazed


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