Tag Archives: 18th Century

Mozart Reimagined – Fragments: Zaide, L’oca del Cairo, Lo Sposo Deluso

14 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s unfinished opera fragments including Zaide, L’oca del Cairo and Lo Sposo Deluso.

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera fragment Zaide

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera fragment Zaide

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 Zaide pictures:

“The most interesting aspect of Zaide, in my opinion, would not be the music, which is fine throughout, but the fact that generations of Mozart aficionados have tried to force this obviously unfinished work into a finished framework by padding it with overtures, choruses and dialog drawn from different sources. This means it exists in many different forms, and while all have merits, the pressures to hold up to the scrutiny of a finished work, when it is clearly not, can be distracting.”

Mozart Reimagined features two photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera fragments of Mozart

Mozart Reimagined features two photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera fragments of Mozart

Lo Sposo Deluso was one of the first images that I “re-shot” after learning how to build my own costumes. You can read about the shoot here and the costumes 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.

Advertisements

Mozart Reimagined – Il Re Pastore

12 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Il Re Pastore”, a play that was set by nearly a dozen different composers of the years!

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Il Re Pastore

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Il Re Pastore

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 Re Pastore pictures:

“In 1751, [Empress] Maria Theresa threw a birthday party for which a play called Aminta was written by Pietro Metastasio for her five children to perform. The requirements were that there should be no scenes that would give offense to the royal family and no villainous roles which would have been degrading for any member of the royal family to perform.
In 1775, the youngest of those children, now grown, returned home for a visit, and to commemorate this event, a new setting of Aminta was commissioned. The honor of the composition fell on our own Mozart. After he had some revisions made, he set the text to music and re-titled the completed piece Il Re Pastore. Just as before, the play was put on for the court, and, also just as before, this was done without giving offense to any member of the royal family, nor to anyone else, ever, for the rest of human existence.”

Il Re Pastore, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Il Re Pastore, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

The photos feature an ornate corset which you can see in detail 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.

Mozart Reimagined – La Finta Giardiniera

10 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “La Finta Giardiniera”, a colorful comedy that started out as an Italian opera and changed into a German musical during the course of Mozart’s short life!

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera La Finta Giardiniera

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera La Finta Giardiniera

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 La Finta Giardiniera pictures:

“When Mozart was given the chance to write an opera again, he jumped at it. The play he set to music was called La Finta Giardiniera which means The False Gardener or The Pretended Garden Girl. The popularity of comic opera, or opera buffa, was on the rise in the late 1700s, and La Finta Giardiniera blends comedic characters and scenes with serious characters and scenes which correspond to the typical opera seria of the day. The opera had an enthusiastic reception, prompting Schubart, a roving poet and music master, to write after seeing it, “I have also heard an opera buffa by the wonderful genius Mozart. It is called La Finta Giardiniera. Here and there the flame of genius flickers, but it has not yet become the calm, peaceful altar flame which climbs towards heaven in clouds of incense. If Mozart’s development has not been forced like a hothouse plant, then he is destined to become one of the greatest composers that ever lived.”

giardinieraact3

The photos were inspired by Technicolor, because I wanted the flowers of the garden to really pop!

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.

Mozart Reimagined – La Finta Semplice

27 Jul

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature numerous photos illustrating Mozart’s “La Finta Semplice”, which is a hilarious play set to music by a Mozart before his maturity. You can see a few sample images from this chapter below!

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick from the opera La Finta Semplice

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick from the opera La Finta Semplice

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 these images:

“The play has no aspirations to make any poignant or emotional declarations, or to leave a lasting philosophical impression on the audience. It is essentially Family Guy for the 1700s. Mozart was “imitating” or heavily influenced by the styles of other composers, rather than forging his own path. He takes his role extremely seriously, and sometimes it seems like the play wants to be a laugh riot and the score wants to be a serious musical piece. It is one of those cases where the young Mozart doesn’t know himself well enough to take the music where it needs to go…

That being said, the play is really funny. In particular, the author’s usage and intentional misusage of language is a real treat. Don Cassandro’s buffoonish and over inflated style of speech where he starts off headed one way and then quickly switches directions: “In this I am Orlando, and by that I mean I am nothing like him at all” or Don Polidoro’s romantic interests, “He falls in love if he sees as much as a cat wearing a bonnet” all have a distinctly whimsical wit. The words are funny.”

La Finta Semplice, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

La Finta Semplice, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

The photos feature the hilarious and spirited actress Nora Gustuson in the title photo. The photos also feature numerous professional musicians and the awesome self-help blogger/web designer Jason Lengstorf. Jason Lengstorf helped me out on these photos around six years ago. Shortly after, his life started filling with stress and he became overworked, working over 80 hrs a week, until he decided to make a huge life change. He now travels the globe, experiencing all of life has to offer and working out of coffee shops. He shares his journey from a life of stress and work to a life of fun and freedom on his blog, but more than that his advice is very helpful for any of you out there, who, like me and the lead hair/make-up lady on Mozart Reimagined, Lizzie, work too damn much. Check it out.

You can also check out the costumes and behind-the-scenes posts I made about the “La Finta Semplice” photos 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.

Mozart Reimagined – Bastien und Bastienne

24 Jul

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature illustrations of Mozart’s “Bastien und Bastienne”, which is an early one-act German opera by a child Mozart.

Mozart Reimagined features two photos by Tyson Vick from the opera Bastien und Bastienne

Mozart Reimagined features two photos by Tyson Vick from the opera Bastien und Bastienne

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 these images:

“The play is a remake of a remake of an earlier opera where the leads are named Colin and Colette. It just goes to show that Hollywood’s love of remakes and reboots isn’t unique. In fact it’s been going on for hundreds of years!”

Check out the costumes I built with my mom for this photo 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.

UPDATE – First Draft Finished

2 May
La Finta Semplice Title, by Tyson Vick. Model: Nora Gustuson

La Finta Semplice Title, by Tyson Vick. Model: Nora Gustuson

The first draft of the text to my photo book is complete. If you are, or know, a Mozartian in Academia who might be interested in reading my book and doing a fact check on the information I’ve written, please let me know. I hope to start doing the layout of the book in the next month or so. The book features one short essay on every opera Mozart set to music, and is from the perspective of a fan-boy rather than a scholar — but I’d still like all the facts to be correct! You can expect some humorous observations, anecdotes about the operas and quotes from Mozart about the music!

Costuming an Opera, Part 4 – Idamante from Idomeneo

29 Apr

Somehow I managed to get through this thing without any pictures of Idamante alone.

His costume is a navy blue linen. The actor, Brett, is incredibly tall, and the first time Catey and I made his costume, it was like a mini-skirt. I have pictures of the making of that costume, but that wasn’t the costume he wore as we had to go remake it with a longer hem.

A scene from Idomeneo featuring three of the leads, Idamante, Idomeneo and Elettra. Costumes by Tyson Vick and Catey Lockhart.

A scene from Idomeneo featuring three of the leads, Idamante, Idomeneo and Elettra. Costumes by Tyson Vick and Catey Lockhart.

Below you can see Idamante’s outfit more clearly… lol. I jokes. That’s just a picture of him nearly getting his head chopped off!

That one dude's gonna kill that other guy.

That one dude’s gonna kill that other guy.

But if you watch the video of Brett performing “Non temer amato bene” you will get to see his costume, fancy belt and cape in action! Check it out below:

Please remember to subscribe if you’d like to see more of my costuming posts!