David Leventi: Opera
through July 10, 2015
Son of two architects, photographer David Leventi’s eye is attuned to space and its special qualities. In the series Opera, now on view at Rick Wester Fine Art, Leventi draws on all the magic of the Opera House; he captures the formal elegance of the space, the drama of forum, and the anticipation of the performance; all these emotions hum around us and crescendo in frame after frame. In the eight years Leventi spent on the project he traveled to over 40 opera houses and almost 20 countries.
A review of the work by Myles Little in Time LightBox opens with a quote by Plácido Domingo that situates us properly within the work:
“'In the English-speaking world they say ‘Break a leg.’ But in Italy, they say, ‘In bocca al lupo,’ which means, ‘In the wolf’s mouth.’ Because when we singers face the audience from the stage of a traditional . . . opera house, with its tiers of boxes and galleries, we feel that we could be in the jaws of some gigantic beast. . .'” (Time Lightbox).
Indeed, positioned as we are in each frame at center-stage, we feel a true sense of awe.
Read the full review in Time LightBox.
Visit Rick Wester Fine Art for more information on the artist and this exhibition.
David Leventi, Palais Garnier, Paris, France
Courtesy of Rick Wester Fine Art