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Unveil The World’s Most Impressive Opera Houses

The architectural photographer David Leventi probably got a taste of this famous tenor’s words many times in the eight years he spent producing Opera.

For this project, Leventi shot more than 40 opera houses in almost 20 countries, from the tiny (Teatro di Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati, capacity: 80) to the mammoth (The Metropolitan Opera, capacity: 3,975). The work is being exhibited at Rick Wester Fine Art (with prints up to seven and a half feet wide) starting May 7 and is being released as a book by Damiani in June 2015.

David, who is the son of two architects, shot his first opera house while researching his family history on a trip to Romania. He is drawn to what he calls “the spectacle of opera. The combining of many art forms: architecture, acoustic design, costumes, stage design, voice, fabric, sound, music, etc.”

While there is always one more opera house he would like to photograph, Leventi selected these spaces “based on their interiors, history, or because they have interesting stories,” he says. “I wanted a mix of both new and old.”

Continue reading the full article: Time

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The Metropolitan Opera New York, United States, 2008
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Art
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Teatro Municipale Piacenza, Italy, 2010
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Ar
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Opéra de Monte Carlo Monte Carlo, Monaco, 2009
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Art
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Teatro di Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati Bologna, Italy, 2014
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Art
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Teatro Regio Turin, Italy, 2010
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Ar
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Den Norske Opera og Ballett Oslo, Norway, 2008
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Art
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Teatro alla Scala Milan, Italy, 2008
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Art
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Opéra Nouvel Lyon, France, 2014
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Art
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Amargosa Opera House Death Valley Junction, United States, 2009
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Art
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Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Valencia, Spain, 2014
David Leventi, courtesy of Damiani & Rick Wester Fine Art
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