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Mozart Reimagined – Il Sogno di Scipione

5 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating “Il Sogno di Scipione”, a fast paced opera by a teenage Mozart!

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Il Sogno di Scipione

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Il Sogno di Scipione

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!”

ScipioneAct1

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.

Ascanio in Alba – Venus

8 Dec

In the opera Ascanio in Alba, two people get married, and that’s the extent of the plot (which is spread over three hours), but any tension that may appear in the play occurs because the Goddess Venus (Venere) keeps the lovers superficially at bay! In the final photo, you can barely make out the dress worn by Venus (the one with the golden apple), but I’m going to show you what we made here, because otherwise no one will ever know!

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Venus

This costume was the first costume ever made for this project, and since I began taking photos before I had even learned to sew, it was my mother who made this dress directly from a Vogue Pattern! The dress is made from a knit with glitter swirls, but it drapes beautifully and looks very Greco-Roman.

Elizabeth models the dress Venus wore in my photo.

Elizabeth models the dress Venus wore in my photo.

 

The pattern used was Vogue 2881, which I think looks great, and I can highly recommend for looks, but being a Vogue pattern there’s always something indistinct or hazy in the directions.

Vogue Pattern 2881

Vogue Pattern 2881

 

Elizabeth, who you’ll see dancing around in these pictures, was the original model for Venus in a separate photoshoot from the one that was used. This set was scrapped, because as I got better and costuming and photography, I decided to develop a new concept, and shoot in a different state, and that’s why the final photo features a different beautiful model as the Goddess Venus.

 

The dress is fun an flirty, split to the thigh and hangs off of one shoulder.

The dress is fun an flirty, split to the thigh and hangs off of one shoulder.

At the point when this dress was made in my costuming and photography career, I did not know how to buy Jewelry or where to find Jewelry. I’d never even looked for it. So, when I found a second-hand candle holder that looked large and Gaudy, I bought it, broke off the lid and glued some gems to it! It’s funny to look back and realize how little I knew about costuming, but the brooch still looks okay.

The brooch was made from a candle holder.

The brooch was made from a candle holder.

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