Magazine article Opera Canada

Picture Perfect

Magazine article Opera Canada

Picture Perfect

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Toronto gallery Bau-XI in February mounted Opera Houses, an exhibition of works by New York photographic artist David Leventi. In attendance for the opening, he took the opportunity to add another house to his international roster by setting up his large-format camera on stage at the Ca nadian Opera Company's Four Season's Centre for the Performing Aits. "Standing centre stage of an opera house," he says, "is to stand in a sacred part of the theatre."

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The opera-house project grew out of work documenting his family's Romanian roots. As part of this, he made a 40- by 50-inch image of the circular interior of the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, which he gave to his father as a birthday gift. Seeing this, his mother told him more about his grandfather, a cantor who studied with Danish tenor Helgc Rosvaenge but who was denied a stage career by war and circumstance. Leventi remembers hearing his grandfather singing around the house, though he wasn't and says he still isn't really an opera buff. But that Bucharest photo set him on a photographic project he now sometimes calls "Bjorling's Larynx," after another renowned Scandinavian tenor ("It didn't sound right to call it 'Helge Rosvaenge's Larynx"'). …

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