In the evening at the opera by Josep Reverendo

The Gran Teatre del Liceu is the largest opera house in the Catalan capital Barcelona and is located on the Rambles in the center of the city. Josep Reverendo is interested in the Liceu Opera Barcelona as a stage of life, as an expression of the human being and as a living and changing spectacle. Details make the image speak, and he loves to tell stories about life. In his photographs the human anecdote is the protagonist. Josep always tries to capture the personality of the people.

The public that attends the Liceu is a diverse and cosmopolitan mix: people from the bourgeoisie in the stalls and the amphitheater, expert music lovers on the upper floors, curious tourists...

“The decisive moment”, or the second when all of the compositional elements of a scene come into harmony; a second before or a second later the scene would no longer be the same. The beauty of some special moments that do not exist any more, but Josep try to stop them and show that they were not that simple as it may look like watching them flying by in reality.

Opera by Josep Reverendo

Opera by Josep Reverendo

“In this series of images the color red is the main character. In these scenes with artificial light it is important to achieve an accurate white balance to preserve the naturalness of the colors. The use of bokeh is also important, with the blur the scenes are not shown completely, but they are insinuated, they are suggested. This helps to create a special atmosphere. All images have been taken with a Nikon D90 between 2010 and 2018.”

Opera by Josep Reverendo

Opera by Josep Reverendo

According to Wikipedia, the theatre was inaugurated on 4 April 1847. On 31 January 1994 the building was destroyed by a fire caused by a spark that accidentally fell on the curtain during a routine repair. The rebuilt, improved and expanded theatre opened on 7 October 1999, with Puccini’s Turandot.

To rebuild and improve the theatre, it became public. The Liceu Great Theater Foundation was created and the Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu handed over the ownership of the building to the Foundation. 

Opera by Josep Reverendo

Opera by Josep Reverendo

The auditorium was rebuilt after the 1994 fire; it is a faithful recreation of the 1861 auditorium, with some improvements. It has a seat capacity of 2,292, making it one of the largest opera houses in Europe. It is a typical Italian horseshoe-shaped theatre.

The ornamentation reproduces that of 1909: sumptuous with golden and poly chromed plaster moldings, as usual in 19th-century European theatres. Lamps are of brass and glass in the shape of a drake. Armchairs on the main floor are made of strained iron and red velvet. The Mirrors Hall preserves romantic ornamentation with round paintings of musicians, singers and dancers from that time.

Opera by Josep Reverendo

Opera by Josep Reverendo

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down.

Maria Callas

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Josep Reverendo

has always been attracted to the plastic arts. He likes painting, cinema, comics, photography... When he was a teenager, he used to paint in oils, but he gave it up due to lack of time. Then he became interested in photography, first analog, then digital.

Consciously or not, when we take pictures we are influenced by our visual culture. The aesthetic roots of Josep’s photos come from painters (Velázquez, Goya, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Hopper), filmmakers (Lang, Hitchcock, Ford, Minnelli), cartoonists (Hergé, Jacobs, Raymond) and photographers (Cartier – Bresson, Català Roca, Forcano, Maier, Haas, Brassaï, Leiter).

Josep is not a professional photographer, he is a lawyer: “Photography is not my job, but my passion.” He likes to go for a walk, swimming, watch soccer and basket, jazz, cinema… As Elie Cohen Gewerc says: "Free time is a part of life that remains after fulfilling everything and everyone. Time without obligations or expectations. It is the second opportunity for my inner and true being to flourish. There are people with talents and aspirations who do not express themselves because they have to work. Free time offers them the opportunity to do so."

Barcelona is his city and his passion is street photography. After a few years in digital photography, in 2010 Josep switched to digital photography with a Nikon D90. Then he started an ongoing Barcelona urban photography project. In 2022 he replaced the camera with a new Nikon Z5.

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” Paul Klee

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