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About eight years ago, while traveling through his grandfather’s homeland of Romania, photographer David Leventi chanced on a jewel-box opera house in Bucharest called the Romanian Athenaeum. “It was one of the most incredible places I’d ever been,” he says. That experience inspired Leventi to shoot opera houses around the world from center stage, the altar of these churches of music. The detail is such that, in prints, you can make out Chagall’s signature on the ceiling of Paris’s Palais Garnier, says Leventi. A total of 44 theaters in 19 countries are included in his new book, David Leventi: Opera (Damiani, out May 26).

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