Friday, February 23, 2018

...doing it up in grand style!

As always on Enchanted Revelries, these 
images can be 'clicked' to see a larger file image which
allows you to examine details more closely!
 Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth, Germny, 2008
David Leventi photographs the interiors of world famous opera houses, capturing the ornate design of the architecture found inside. Leventi captures each opera house from the vantage of an operatic singer, photographing the space from the very center of the stage.
 Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest, Romani, 2007
Leventi is not just aesthetically inspired by the opera houses he photographs, but also holds a familial connection to their structures. He is the son of two architects, and the project was started in remembrance of his grandfather Anton Gutman, a cantor trained after World War II by a famous Danish operatic tenor. Gutman performed for prisoners and officers while interned at a prisoner-of-war camp in the Soviet Union, and Leventi’s photographs are a gesture that aims to examine the spaces he was never able to perform.

 La Fenice Venice, Italy, 2008
Leventi’s photographic process imitates with light what a performer would do with his or her voice, light waves bouncing off of each architectural element and bringing the vast space back to the detailed image. Each photograph captures a view impossible to the naked eye, combing both line-of-sight and periphery imagery to produce images that wrap the viewer in the experience of each world famous theatre. Leventi is not just capturing the depth of the space, but also the extensive history lived within each performance hall.
Palais Garnier, Paris, France, 2009

Grand Drape, Palais Garnier, Paris, France, 2009
Leventi received his BFA in Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and is represented by galleries internationally. Leventi’s exhibition “David Leventi: Opera” will open May 7 at Rick Wester Fine Art in New York City, and his first monograph by the same name (published by Damiani) will be released this spring. (via Arch Atlas)
The Metropolitan Opera, New York City, United States, 2008
Teatro di Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati, Bologna, Italy, 2014
Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009
 Teatro di San Carlo Naples, Italy, 2009

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Valencia, Spain, 2014
Amargosa Opera House, Death Valley Junction, California, United States, 2009
Curtain, Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008

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Now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥  
Stunning intimate gothic theatre in Paris, France.
We were in this theatre and I can't remember the name,
although I do remember the incredibly uncomfortable seating!
(Not photograpahed, obviously, by David Leventi!)


JP Bloch said...

Reminds me of when my mother took mys sister and me to the old Met before it got torn down. We had golden box seats. We ate quite sparingly for awhile afterwards.

Barbara Windle said...

Wow, Tristan. I am totally enchanted with these photos. They are so ornate and some of those curtains remind me of women's skirts. They are very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Absolutely stunning!!!! Funny that you would post this...Here is a link to a TV story about the renovation at our County Courthouse. I think this will interest you!!!

Jackie PN said...

Wow! Amazing photographs! And to look at the difference in these places...some are small and romantic seating's while others are so large and house so many! And then you have the very newer ones who,in my opinion,pale in character compared to the gorgeously ornate ones...

I do love the one you were at,the best,it just looks so intimate!

Always love your posts Tristan!
Happy Sunday- and how was Dolly???
Jackie xx

ps...this is our "Opera House-sort of) in Syracuse. have you ever been here when you lived in the area?

Jeanie said...

What a stunning exhibition this would be. It reminded me of the wonderful Paris Opera with its dramatic curtain and magnificent ceiling. I am such a sucker for beautiful theatres -- opera, movie palaces, theatres of any kind.

I hope Dolly was as wonderful an experience as I would expect. Do share!