Τετάρτη, 1 Απριλίου 2015

10 STUNNING OPERA HOUSES AROUND THE WORLD - ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

Grand Théâtre
The Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux, France.

Teatro Municipale Valli
David Leventi’s photo of the Italian opera house Teatro Municipale Valli.
The Opéra Royal
The Opéra Royal at Versailles, in France.
Cuvilliés Theater
Cuvilliés Theater in Munich.
Palais Garnier
Paris’s Palais Garnier.
Markgräfliches Opernhaus
Germany’s Markgräfliches Opernhaus
Stavovské Divadlo
Prague’s Stavovské Divadlo
Teatro Regio
 David Leventi  The Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy.
Teatro Colón
The Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
 David Leventi The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain.
Photographer David Leventi’s Romanian grandfather trained as a cantor and dreamed of a life as an opera star in the great concert halls of Europe. Instead, he ended up in a Soviet prison camp, performing for his captors, and later, after emigrating to the U.S., practicing arias in his living room. Prompted by his grandfather’s thwarted ambitions, Leventi set out to photograph the world’s most prestigious opera venues, taking the singers’ center-stage perspective as his vantage point. “My presence in these houses was like living out a dream for him,” says the young artist, whose pictures are compiled in the new book Opera (Damiani, $50). From the Opéra 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 wasn’t singing, but I was putting myself there,” he observes. “The entire project could be seen as a piece of performance art.

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