Mozart Reimagined – La Betulia Liberata

3 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “La Betulia Liberata”, an Oratorio about the famous subject of Judith slaying Holofernes!

Mozart Reimagined features four award-winning photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the oratorio La Betulia Liberata

Mozart Reimagined features four award-winning photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the oratorio La Betulia Liberata

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.

The La Betulia Liberata photographs are an award winning set (1st place WPPI 2014) and were created with the help of a grant from The Puffin Foundation!

Here’s an excerpt from the book which accompanies the La Betulia Liberata pictures:

“As to the text, the story may be familiar to fans of The Lord of the Rings who can recognize both the walled city and the miraculous self-routing of the villains as scenes which occur in those famous books. The Apocryphal book of Judith, like The Lord of the Rings, is itself an invented mythology based on legend, myth and history. It draws heavily from the book Judges in the Bible, and tries to pass itself off as a sort of missing chapter from that book. The reason the book of Judith was not included in the Bible is first, because the book is clearly fictional but tries to pass itself off as historical – which has obvious implications – and second, because the moral of the story smacks strongly of “God helps those who help themselves,” which, while a famous adage, is nowhere supported by any Jewish or Christian text.”

La Betulia Liberata, Act 1

La Betulia Liberata, Act 1

The models include Sukh Maan, writer Jaycey Rae and artist Xak Vowell. You can go behind-the-scenes with these award winning photos here.

The Widow of Manasses.

The Widow of Manasses.

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

La Betulia Liberata, Act 2

La Betulia Liberata, Act 2

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.

5 Responses to “Mozart Reimagined – La Betulia Liberata”

  1. Roo Bookaroo August 3, 2015 at 4:24 am #

    There’s so much to say about “Betulia” that it’s better not to even start.
    The picture of Judith is sensational, nearly perfect.
    Just one comment on the English of the text:
    ““God helps those who helps themselves”: It sure must be ““God helps those who help themselves”. Small detail, but since we are in the domain of perfection, let’s keep it all that way.

    • tysonvick August 3, 2015 at 5:18 am #

      Thank you! I will correct that.

  2. judith2you August 3, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    My hero!!

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