Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Lucio Silla”. This is also probably one of the funniest chapters in the book, and particularly irreverent when it comes to the immortal genius of 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.
This section of the book not only discusses the Historical figure that the opera is based on, but also talks about the original production. Here’s an excerpt from the book which accompanies the Lucio Silla pictures:
“There are quite a few factors that keep the opera Lucio Silla down. Mostly this is due to the author’s newness to writing for the theater. The character of Silla seems indecisive and his actions have weird or inexplicable motivations. There was an unspoken rule in the 1700s that all monarchs had to be “good” people in theatrical dramas, and when this is mixed with the psychotic tyranny of the real life Sulla, it makes for some confusing scenes. Other problems are present as well. The characters are fairly thinly drawn, and bop around singing unnaturally long arias about how they feel (which is the norm for da capo operas, of course, but usually in those, something interesting happens before they comment on it), until at last there is a fantastic “Mexican Standoff” in the senate where everybody is holding a knife to somebody else’s throat. Which, by that time, even though it’s much needed, leaves you with the feeling that you fell asleep and awoke at a different opera.”
The models include one of my personal favorites, actor Blaise Godbe Lipman, who has been a featured player in Hawaii 5-0, CSI, The Suite Life on Deck and stars in many independent dramas and horror films.
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.