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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.

Getting Ready For My Trip, Thumbnails

7 May

Next Month I am taking a trip to Los Angeles with a friend, and we will be doing some Mozart Project Shoots: “Don Giovanni”, “Thamos, King of Egypt” and “The Philosopher’s Stone”. I am very busy getting ready, and my blog will probably be pretty sparse until June. It takes just as much time to document the things I make as it does to make them, and right now I don’t really have much time to post.

However, I am going to show you a little about how I work when I photograph. Whenever I take a trip, I have a list of all the costume items every character in the photo wears, and I also have a picture list with little sketches of the images I need to take.

Before I shoot, I draw thumbnails of the images I need to take, and the check them off when they’re complete. Here are a few examples of the thumbnail compared to the image I took.

These little thumbnail sketches are drawn a day or a week before the shoot. As you can see, I have a pretty good idea of what image I need before I go into a photo shoot.

Some more thumbnails from Lucio Silla and Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots.

After I read “The Marriage of Figaro”, the reunion scene stuck out in my mind for many years. I drew a picture, or took a picture of this scene every year for three years! It’s still my favorite scene in the play. (Maybe my favorite scene out of all drama that I’ve encountered.) The song is “Riconosci in Questo amplesso”, a sextet from Act III, if you’re interested. I also drew a thumbnail of this image before I photographed the models.

Figaro Sketch and Pic

My original color drawing of the Figaro reunion was made back in 2002, the thumbnail a few days before the shoot in 2008 and the final image shortly after.

So, this is something that I have to do for my upcoming trip as well, and for Thamos in particular, I haven’t fully got down all the images I need in my mind yet. Drawing some sketches will help me out!

I’m sorry in advance if the blog slows down for a few weeks, but I assure you, it will pick up once I go to LA! Maybe I’ll even be able to post every day if I’m not too bewildered!

Eugenia’s Costume from The Disappointed Bridegroom (Lo Sposo Deluso)

30 Apr

Last week I talked about Mozart’s “Lo Sposo Deluso” and how it was one of the photos that, after I learned how to make clothes, I decided to re-shoot. I also promised to show you Eugenia’s costume this week!

First, let’s start with an image of Eugenia from “Lo Sposo Deluso”:

Eugenia from Lo Sposo Deluso by Tyson Vick.

Eugenia arrives on the steps of the palace, but there is no one to carry her luggage up the stairs. Indignant, she sings an aria about how she’s far too Aristocratic to carry her own luggage up the stairs, and that she has half a mind to turn around and go straight home again! The best part is the coloratura at the end of the song where she cascades up the vocal scales and then down the scales, indicating where she wants to be (the top of the steps) by singing the ascending scales,  and indicating the place she actually is (the bottom of the steps) by singing descending scales. It’s all very funny. If you want to listen to it, here’s a link to a youtube video featuring the song that somebody uploaded AND it features a fancy picture of a wedding cake for some reason! OH boy!

When I started to design Eugenia, my inspiration came from my recollection of two characters from my brother’s Manga, Miss Doublefinger and Miss Merry Christmas from Baroque Works in the Manga “One Piece”. If I can make someone look like they could be a “One Piece” villain, I consider it a job well done.

First, my Eugenia costume Sketch. Next, two "One Piece" villains -- the inspiration of Eugenia -- Miss Doublefinger and Miss Merry Christmas

In the following pictures of Eugenia’s costume, Elizabeth models the outfit. In these pictures the hat had been taken apart and there are no hoops in the skirt.

Elizabeth models the Eugenia outfit.

The jacket to this outfit is made out of a purple suiting fabric. It is boned with steel. It has split sleeves held together with jeweled buttons. The split sleeve is a medieval technique.

Front and Back.

The blouse and skirt are made out of black polyester, and carry more static than anything I’ve ever worked with. It’s like a walking electrical supply station. The skirt looks over-sized because it’s supposed to have hoops, but my hoops were out-of-order at the time this picture was taken.

Sleeve Detail. The sleeves are split and held together with buttons in a medieval style.

In the actual Mozart photo, you can see that Eugenia wears a hat with a silver Ibex and Quail feathers.  The hat is a Halloween store top-hat that has been covered by pleated fabric. The Ibex head is mounted to a belt buckle, which is pinned to the hat band. She also wears purple “John Lennon” glasses from a Halloween store.

You will also see that she wears a neck scarf with a jewel and black gloves.

So that’s Eugenia’s costume!

I leave you with a funny picture of Elizabeth!

Tha's one Bewildered Steampunk. Elizabeth models the Eugenia outfit for my Etsy shop.

The Disappointed Bridegroom (Lo Sposo Deluso) Shoot and Re-shoot

24 Apr

Around 1783, Mozart began to set one libretto to music, and then abandoned it, before taking up another and abandoning it as well. The first unfinished opera, “L’oca Del Cairo” (The Goose of Cairo) had one (of three) acts almost completely set, and he abandoned it because he thought it was stupid. The second, “Lo Sposo Deluso”, was never even mentioned by Mozart in any of his correspondence, and has been made even more mysterious by the uncertainty of the librettist (play’s author.)

“Lo Sposo Deluso” has five numbers, only three of which were completely finished by Mozart before he left the project. The finished pieces include a fantastic overture (1.) that leads into a fast paced ensemble (2.), and a trio featuring dismal lamenting from the participants. The other two numbers are single arias.

The play’s title, which means “The Disappointed Bridegroom” has the subtitle, “The Rivalry of Three Women for One Single Man”. Coupled with the knowledge that the Buffo bass, Bocconio Papparelli,  is getting married in the opening ensemble,  and that every woman in the cast list is described as being in love with someone named Don Asdrubale, and an equal amount of men are in love with them, I’d have to say that poor Bocconio Papparelli  must be left without a mate by the end, and is, himself, the Disappointed Bridegroom.

I was truckin’ along, doing some nice photo shoots, when I came to my first shoot for “The Marriage of Figaro.” I created some pretty fantastic photos. In fact, they put some of what I had done to shame. It was then that I decided to up my game, and use the Figaro shoot as the standard for my Mozart Project photos. This meant that some of my original photos would have to be re-shot.

One example of this, is the “Lo Sposo Deluso” shoot with my good friend Michelle in Illinois. These hilarious and enjoyable photo shoots were both a lot of fun, but one yielded ho-hum pictures and one yielded pictures that were hilarious and fun as the shoot itself.

Outtakes from the first "Lo Sposo Deluso" shoot on the Left, and from the Re-shoot on the Right.

At the first shoot, I had a good idea in mind of what I wanted, based on an aria sung by a character named Eugenia. In the story, a very prim and business-like woman arrives at a staircase with no one to carry her luggage up to the top. This makes her quite indignant, and she starts to sing about it. Her passions over-take her, and by the end she’s having flights of coloratura up and down the scale — the song is a perfect little comic scene.

For this first shoot, Michelle and I went on an adventure to purchase all of the clothing. We bought a  Suit, blouse, hat, and glasses. With the second shoot, however, I made the outfit, and we went on an adventure to purchase the hair. One interesting thing to note is that the hat, glasses, books, suitcases and location are the same in the new photograph, even though both shots were taken a few years apart.

Michelle with a heavy suitcase, trying to get up the stairs. Michelle and I at our first "Lo Sposo Deluso" shoot.

For our second shoot, I decided we needed dogs! But we discovered that putting a wig on the back of Michelle’s head, wasn’t as easy as putting one over the top, and we were a bit late to the location. The puppies were waiting! Our puppy wrangler, Ms. Eliason, was gracious enough not to stab us in the face.

The puppies, both black poodles, were very well behaved and obedient during the shoot, however, they slowly began to grow bored with the proceedings. Apparently, photos aren’t as stimulating for dogs as they are for humans. If you go through the photo outtakes  in order, you can see that the dogs slowly start to droop lower and lower as the shoot progresses, until finally, they are asleep on the steps.

Here are our sleepy puppy models. Ms. Eliason and Michelle standing, humans.

During my project, I have decided to do a re-shoot every once in a while. This is almost always due to costuming, which I think could be better in some cases. If possible, I usually ask the same models back, and really it just gives us another chance to have some fun. Instead of One Delightful Day, we get two!

COMING UP NEXT – Get a closer look at the design and the Costume that Eugenia wears in “Lo Sposo Deluso”!