Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating “Il Sogno di Scipione”, a fast paced opera by a teenage Mozart!
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 Il Sogno di Scipione pictures:
“The opera opens when the legendary warrior, Scipio, wakes up in the sky to find two women arguing over him. Each one wants him to choose her to follow and guide him throughout the rest of his life. Each woman is a goddess. One is Fortune, the other is Constancy. Scipio is so bewildered that he asks the women to leave him alone for a while to consider. He then takes a sort of Dante-esque adventure through the celestial spheres doing things like meeting his dead family members who advise him, and hearing distant choruses of celestial beings. The goddesses return and demand an answer. He chooses Constancy, and Fortune throws a fit. However, Constancy trumps fortune and Scipio wakes up, … again.
Suddenly the staging is swept away and an allegorical figure, Licenza, bursts forth with a chorus. She sings directly to the benefactor of the play, who is in the audience, relating that Scipio actually represents him, and the character’s divine journey represents the journey that the said benefactor is traveling.
Talk about breaking the fourth wall!”
The models include actress Jadi Stuart who also created her own hair and make-up designs for this shoot which led to me asking her to do the styling for around 10 other photos!
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.