Mozart Reimagined – Ascanio in Alba

31 Jul

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature numerous photos illustrating Mozart’s “Ascanio in Alba”, a play that was written for the wedding of the year in 1771!

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Ascanio in Alba

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Ascanio in Alba

Mozart Reimagined showcases nearly 100 photos that bring to life Mozart’s operas through photography. I spent a decade building props and sets, meeting models and photographing across the country to showcase what Mozart’s music has meant to me. The book also features essays written about each opera from my own unique perspective. The book humorously points out plot-holes, gives insight into past and present performances, recites a little bit of History and overflows with my own passion for the music of Mozart.

Here’s an excerpt from the book which accompanies the Ascanio in Alba pictures:

“Uniquely, for Mozart, he treats the piece with an unyielding festive spirit, and does not frequently use dramatic or emotional painting for the arias. All of the music is meant to be celebratory, and any sign of pathos or seriousness is kept far at bay. There are large decorative arias, ballets during the overture, repeated and growing choruses with group and solo dances, and the original text calls for many fantastical and striking stage images to occur during the music, including Venus descending from the sky and trees turning into buildings.
Because of this joyous narrow focus in the music, Ascanio in Alba completely upstaged the actual opera composed for the event, called Ruggiero, by Hasse, a major popular composer of the day. He remarked days after the repeated performances of Mozart’s piece, “This boy will cause us all to be forgotten.”

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

The awesome Model/Actor/Fitness Coach Justen Phelps portrays Ascanio in the photos. Five years ago when I worked with Justen he hadn’t started fitness training, but now he’s practically the size of Arnold Schwarzenegger! He is active and friendly on social media and if you like fitness you should check out his instagram @Phelps_fitness. You can also check out some of the sexy modeling work he did with me, but be forewarned, the photos may verge on NSFW.

You can also check out some behind-the-scenes work on the costumes worn in the photo here and here!

I’m going to be giving you a preview of photos from every chapter of Mozart Reimagined over the next month, and then it will be time for pre-orders. I will be launching pre-orders on Kickstarter on September 14th, 2015! Until then, I wanted to give you a glimpse of some of the photos and excerpts from the book so you can see what’s in store! Subscribe to the blog for every update, or check back on September 14th for the launch of the book.

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