Photographer David Leventi captures opera houses all over the world in his impressive large-format photo series “Opera”…

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.

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Curtain, Royal Swedish Opera, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2008

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All images © David Leventi, Margravial Opera House, BAYREUTH, GERMANY, 2008

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Romanian Athenaeum BUCHAREST, ROMANIA, 2007

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La Fenice VENICE, ITALY, 2008

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Curtain, Palais Garnier PARIS, FRANCE, 2009

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Palais Garnier PARIS , FRANCE, 2009

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The Metropolitan Opera NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, 2008

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Teatro di Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati BOLOGNA, ITALY, 2014

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Mariinsky Theater ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, 2009

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Teatro di San Carlo NAPLES, ITALY, 2009

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Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía VALENCIA, SPAIN, 2014

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Amargosa Opera House, DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, CALIFORNIA, 2009

photos via David Leventi | via ARCHATLAS, Colossal