David Leventi’s Chronicles of the Opera

Bjoerling’s Larynx, by photographer David Leventi,  is a series of crisp, dramatic records of the world’s famous opera houses, named for Swedish tenor Jussi Bjoerling, one of the leading operatic singers of the 20th century. All the images are photographed with 4×5” and 8×10” Arca-Swiss cameras to maximize architectural detail.

He’s a featured artist at Toronto’s Bau-Xi Photo Gallery, which will mount Leventi’s solo exhibition in June, 2012.

Above: Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Stockholm, fujicolor crystal archive print mounted to dibond. 40 x 50 in.

Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain

Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth, Germany

“These are the spaces in which my grandfather, Anton Gutman, never got the chance to perform. Gutman was 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. As the son of two architects, I experience an almost religious feeling walking into a grand space such as an opera house.” – David Leventi

Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto

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