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Mozart Reimagined – Idomeneo

19 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s spectacular opera “Idomeneo”, which features a sea monster. And I love it.

Mozart Reimagined features six photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Idomeneo

Mozart Reimagined features six photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Idomeneo

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 Idomeneo pictures:

“Once the sea monster shows up, melting people with its venomous black tar, it is a constant presence from the finale of act two until the end of the opera. That’s like an hour of watching a sea monster killing people and smashing things while the characters try to get on with their lives. But somebody will have to be sacrificed alive before the sea monster will go away! Who will it be? Will it be Idamante, the heroic-y teenage boy? Will it be Ilia, the songbird Princess of Troy? Will it be Idomeneo, King of Crete, and maker of rash vows? Or will it be Elettra, Princess of crazy, demented ramblings, and will she somehow manage to summon the wrath of hell to consume her world-weary bones? ”

Idomeneo, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Idomeneo, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Idomeneo has been one of the most fun parts of this entire book to create. I enjoyed taking the photos and writing the chapter. I met my friend and fellow costumer Catey. I got to work with one of my personal favorite models, Bowen, who you can see above fighting the Sea Monster, and I got to hang out with many old friends for every photo taken for this set. There are a few behind-the-scenes posts here and here.

And you can also get a closer look at many of the costumes like Ilia’s gown, Idamante’s outfit and some goddess stuff here.

This blog also landed me a job costuming the opera “Idomeneo” for the University of Montana last season which is pretty well documented on this blog, too!

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.

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:

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Costuming an Opera, Part 1 – Idomeneo at the University of Montana

23 Apr

I disappeared from blogging for a while recently. Partially this was because I ran out of costumes to yammer on about, but the main reason is that I was busy costuming Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo” for the University of Montana with my costuming partner Catey Lockhart.

The director of the opera, Anne Basinski, has been following this blog for awhile, and she wrote to me asking if I’d participate in the University’s production of Idomeneo. I said I would do it if Catey helped, and Catey agreed! So we created costumes for six leads.

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.

The opera, ostensibly about a giant sea monster attack where a thousand people die of vomiting black tar, was put on by the students at the University of Montana. Many of the leads are graduate students. Idomeneo features two princesses, numerous cast members washing up on shore and many tenors. Sometimes tenors washing up on shore! 

Ilia, a Trojan Princess, in the opera Idomeneo. Costume by Tyson Vick and Catey Lockhart.

Ilia, a Trojan Princess, in the opera Idomeneo. Costume by Tyson Vick and Catey Lockhart.

This year the budget was small, and nearly the entire budget was devoted to these costumes. The director wanted them to stand out and to evoke the sea, in many differing shades of blue, except for the visiting princess, Elettra, who is an outsider, which we reflected in her color scheme of gold and red.

Elettra in the opera Idomeneo wears a costume by Tyson Vick.

Elettra in the opera Idomeneo wears a costume by Tyson Vick.

The costumes of the chorus were selected from the opera of the previous year, which had many dancers and choristers. For Idomeneo, shades of blue and sea colors were chosen for all the chorus members.

Vomited black tar to death, poor dear. In this scene from Idomeneo the High Priest looks over the carnage caused by the seamonster.

Vomited black tar to death, poor dear. In this scene from Idomeneo the High Priest looks over the carnage caused by the seamonster.

The effect I was going for was to evoke the original production’s mix of 1700s and the ancient world.

Idomeneo and Arbace wear costumes by Tyson Vick and Catey Lockhart.

Idomeneo and Arbace wear costumes by Tyson Vick and Catey Lockhart.

In the next few days, I will be posting about how Catey and I made the costumes!

One Delightful Day – July 9th, Sea Monster Attack!

11 Jul

The Sea Monster Attack is upon us!

After five years of searching for a model to portray Idamante, the hero of the opera “Idomeneo”, I found Bowen, a Heroic looking teenager.

He and his parents liked the idea, and so Lizzie and I put together a shoot just outside of Big Fork Montana at Flathead Lake’s “Wayfarer’s Point”.

Joining us were the avid Geologist and T-Rex building Chantell, as well as my old friend Hallie who returned after five years to reprise her role as Elletra.

Together we staged the awesome Sea Monster attack from the opera “Idomeneo”.

We all arrived at Wayfarer’s Point on Flathead Lake to do some location scouting before the shoot. Bowen, Chantell, Lizzie and Hallie.

I brought Bowen and Chantell, and Hallie and Lizzie met us in Big Fork.  The first thing we did was go to Wayfarer’s Point to look for a good place to take photos. There are a lot of big rocks leading into the water, and a pretty steep drop off into the deep end, so we were looking for a place where we could stand without suddenly dying.

Bowen descends towards the lake, while Hallie decides to stay above, observing and drinking water.

The area was very hot, sunny and crawling with swimmers. Bowen spotted a more secluded spot (though when we arrived in costume there were about 20 people sitting on the rocks observing the shoot in the end.)

Bowen looks out over the lake from the spot we chose to shoot at.

Once we found a good place to shoot, we started to get ready.

So, we meet again, Dr. Jones!

Lizzie is Music Director at the Big Fork Playhouse this year, and so had a place to stay and to prepare our models — though the place seemed to be made entirely out of plastic wood paneling, and got gradually hotter and hotter as the day wore on.

Lizzie does Chantell’s hair. Bowen waits his turn.

We decided early on to use hair glue, rather than hair spray, to keep the curls in the model’s hair during the heat and water of the shoot.

Epic battle between models with weapons.

Chantell, upon discovering her prop was a real, ornate knife, kept whipping her new weapon out to attack Bowen. Bowen, in turn, refused to go anywhere without his sword, ready at every moment to defend our party.

Chantell and her beloved knife. Bowen holding the Standard and sword at the location.

Once we were in costume, we all traveled to the location as the skies darkened — just divinely perfect for our Sea Monster attack! Our location was over-run with around 20 or so onlookers, who at various points cheered on the models — and a few drunks in the way back who tried to heckle them.

Chantell with the little girl (Just over the camera) who thought Chantell was a real Princess. Bowen and I.

However, one of the onlookers, in particular, a little girl of around four, was convinced Chantell was a real princess, and came to sit with her and chat with her for the entire shoot. At one point the little girl decided that she needed to help Lizzie apply Bowen’s bloody make-up, and joined in the shoot as if she was a member of the team.

Bowen and I take turns helping Hallie into the water.

Once in the water, and after getting used to the onlookers, Bowen and Hallie crashed around in the waves, pretending to be attacked by a giant Sea Monster that will be added later.

Lizzie, as well, was in the water the entire time, guarding the rock in the background like a Siren, and bearing the standard. She told me I couldn’t add any pictures of her guarding the rock, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

I take pictures of the Sea Monster attack with Bowen and Hallie.

Bowen, at 15, is bright and engaging, and it’s great to see him giving teenagers a good name.

Hallie seemed to be enjoying herself teasing him with all the glee of a Cat toying with a Mouse for the whole shoot, which comes natural to her because she has a younger brother.

At one point it came to a head, and Bowen challenged her to an arm-wrestling match, which, after a while, she agreed to.

Bowen and Hallie laughing about Sea Monsters, or something.

After the Sea Monster attack, Bowen changed costumes. This costume involved him getting covered in blood and bruises by Lizzie, who finally got a chance to use her “Bruise-Wheel” Make-up. Our little wayward girl helper wanted to know if the blood was real, why the Standard had an eagle on it, and then took Lizzie’s make-up brush and started helping apply bruises.

Chantell gets all stabby, while Bowen observes the Lake in the traditional Lewis & Clark manner.

Chantell and Bowen took a moment to pose in costume before heading back up the hill for the next set of photos.

This is Sparta!!!!

Once the costumes were changed, it was Chantell’s turn to join Bowen for a Romantic Knife Battle. For the first time in one of my shoots, the lady got to do the Marathon ab work out, where she sat up in a half-sit up position for around 45 minutes straight. Bowen, meanwhile, had to balance over her, frozen in time. After the shoot they argued about whose abs were stronger.

Bowen and Chantell at the beginning of an enormous ab work-out.

Hallie and Lizzie took over reflector duty as the sun set.

Chantell, the Princess of Doom, starts up her stabbing spree again!

Chantell was a natural at being a stabby princess, and it’s no wonder that little girl thought she was a real one!

Bowen is sleepy after all the ab exercises.

We were visited by a police officer at one point, who was about one of five people who thought that Bowen’s wounds were real. Bowen told them he had gotten into a fight with a bear.

Chantell is a saucy Doom Princess.

Chantell, Hallie, Bowen and Lizzie all have great personalities, and were really fun to work with, and play with for the whole day!

I have to tell you that this group of people, who would probably never gather under any normal circumstances, when put together produced one of the funnest shoots I have ever done. I enjoyed the travel, the conversation, the work, and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to work with this group of people!

Stabby Princess of DOOOOOM!

Until next time!