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Mozart Reimagined – Der Stein der Weisen

4 Sep

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating an opera that Mozart contributed a large amount of music to called “Der Stein der Weisen”.

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Der Stein der Weisen

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Der Stein der Weisen

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 Der Stein der Weisen pictures:

“The opera was made by the same company and all the same people who made Die Zauberflote. This was the play they put together before that famous masterpiece. Unlike Die Zauberflote, however, nearly every singing role’s music was composed by the person performing the role. The lead actor composed his own music, the lead antagonist composed his own, etc. Constanze Mozart goes on to say that her husband sat around with these friends while they wrote, looking over their music, adding passages here and there, adding bits of orchestration, etc. This means it is nearly impossible for scholars to deduce where Mozart music comes in, unless it is exclusively in his hand. The only pieces known for certain to be his are the two cat duets, where the buffoonish character Lubano sings with his cursed wife, Lubanara, and the Act Two finale which begins with the second cat duet and continues with around twenty minutes of music.
Der Stein der Weisen is one of my favorite texts that I have come across in an opera. While it won’t necessarily suit everyone’s tastes, the mixture of comedy, action, adventuring heroes, dangerous gods, horrifying monsters, vast, diverse locations – and duets with cats – makes it special to me. Having grown up with a passion for video games such as The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy it is delightful to find an opera that is essentially one of those games set to music. The hero of Der Stein der Weisen, Nadir, like every video game character, is even given a vast array of weapons during the course of the play, leading one to question; where on earth he is storing them all!?! Even the original aesthetic of the opera was similar to modern video games, blending the Eastern costume and mythology with the West and creating a fantastical hybrid fairy tale.”

Der Stein der Weisen Act 1. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair & Make-up by Lizzie Hatfield.

Der Stein der Weisen Act 1. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair & Make-up by Lizzie Hatfield.

Talented musician Sunny Brains models as the hero, Nadir. Watch one of his music videos here.

You can also see behind-the-scenes photos and close-up costume shots here, 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 – Die Zauberflöte

2 Sep

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote”, an amazing fantasy adventure opera.

Mozart Reimagined features six photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Die Zauberflote

Mozart Reimagined features six photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Die Zauberflote

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 Die Zauberflote pictures:

“At the end of nearly every ensemble, the fourth wall is broken as the characters reveal the moral of the story. Here they say, “Only the harmony of friendship can alleviate our hardships; without such sympathy there is no happiness on earth.” The effect is much like a children’s storybook, and makes me think that the target audience for this opera included children, an audience mostly untapped by opera, and, as we know today, the most profitable audience to tap.”

Die Zauberflote Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Die Zauberflote Act 1 by Tyson Vick

The adventuresome Javanese prince is played by the fantastically popular social media icon, Edward Zo who you can follow on Instagram and Youtube to get all of his latest videos, fashion tips, and more. You can see some behind-the-scenes photos of Edward and The Queen of the Night here.

Die Zauberflote Act 1c, by Tyson Vick

Die Zauberflote Act 1c, by Tyson Vick

The most perfectly cast model, a photographer named Jon, portrays Papageno. With him as my bird-man, I really felt my photos coming together. You can get a step-by-step look at how I built the tiny buildings for the photo of Papageno below in this blog post here.

Die Zauberflote, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Die Zauberflote, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

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 – Cosi Fan Tutte

31 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte”, a olden-timey romantic comedy.

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Cosi Fan Tutte

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Cosi Fan Tutte

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 Cosi Fan Tutte pictures:

“The opera is unique in that while it’s a comedy, by the end (and I’m talking about the play itself here, not any particular production) nothing is really that funny anymore. The misogyny is pretty rampant, and even now, after years of hanging out with it, I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be taken at face value or if it’s meant to be seen as satirical. After turning gender and rank on its head in Figaro and Don Giovanni, the ending of Cosi Fan Tutte seems calculated to raise some eyebrows.
The story follows two young boys who are in love with two sisters. An older philosopher named Don Alfonso tells the boys that, “The Fidelity of women is like the Arabian Phoenix, everyone swears it exists, but no one has ever seen it.” Essentially, he is saying that women are incapable of staying true to men. The boys take offense to this. So, like any good teen comedy, they make a bet. In order to prove that their girlfriends are the embodiment of fidelity, they will do anything Don Alfonso tells them to do in an attempt to trick their girlfriends into cheating on them. If the girls remain faithful, the boys win the money, and if the girls cheat, Don Alfonso gets the money.”

 

Cosi Fan Tutte, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Cosi Fan Tutte, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Learn more about all of the costumes from this shoot 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 – Don Giovanni

28 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, one of the greatest works of art created by man.

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Don Giovanni

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Don Giovanni

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.

The Don Giovanni photos are also an award winning set of photos (3rd place WPPI) and remain some of the most popular photos featured in the book.

Here’s an excerpt from the book which accompanies the Don Giovanni pictures:

“One thing you will notice thematically, and this is the whole point of the opera, is that every chance someone has for vengeance or justice is thwarted by circumstance. Every attempt at resolving the issue of abuse, rape, or murder is stunted. All the characters are left in an eternal state of turmoil, as things get more and more frustrating. Don Giovanni gets away with everything, and there is nothing these people can do to find relief from their pain.”

Don Giovanni Act Two, by Tyson Vick

Don Giovanni Act Two, by Tyson Vick

 

Model and actor Joshua Kuehl portrays Don Giovanni with a whole slew of extras. You can see some behind-the-scenes images here.

You can also view posts for both the men’s costumes and women’s costumes on their own pages. I built them all, so go check ’em out.

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 – Le Nozze di Figaro

26 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”, my favorite Mozart opera, and the chapter featuring the most photos and the most personal anecdotes in the text.

Mozart Reimagined features seven photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart Reimagined features seven photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Le Nozze di Figaro

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 Le Nozze di Figaro pictures:

“The Marriage of Figaro is the play that opened my mind to forgiveness, my ears to music and my heart to joy. This is where my passion for this photography project came from.
It began with Riconosci in questo amplesso (Dearest son, in this embrace Recognise your mother). This is an ensemble where Figaro discovers who his parents are. The song is mostly a set-piece of comedic moments, but it features a unique moment of pathos where Figaro says “This is my mother, she’ll say so herself, and This is my father, he’ll say so himself.” The whole song has been funny up until that point, and those lines have already come and gone separately, but when put one after the other, the music seems to say that Figaro has been fulfilled, that what was lost was found, that what was broken has been fixed – he’s found his wife, his mother, his father and his family — and the four characters’ voices flutter away, like leaves on a breeze, into a hymn of love, leaving the other characters separate, apart.
At the time my mother was suffering from depression and my father had been growing more and more disappointed with me and began calling me “worthless” and “useless.” This scene in the opera meant so much to me as a young man, because that was a feeling that I had longed for — to be loved and accepted by my parents – no matter what evils had gone on between us, just like Figaro and his parents. The first time I had ever felt that feeling was possible thanks to Mozart’s music. I knew, then, that there was more to be found in opera, and more to life.
In the end, I did actually experience that feeling of love and acceptance with my parents, after much struggle and healing, my father apologized and made things right; my mother found help, and we reunited and it was everything Mozart said it would be! (And let the Count burst with our happiness!)”

FigaroAct2

Most of the models in this set are close friends and family members. You can see some behind-the-scenes shots here.

You can also get some in-depth costuming info here, from fabric to garment here, and wig styling 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 – Der Schauspieldirektor

24 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Der Schauspieldirektor”, a play about staging a play.

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Der Schauspieldirektor

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Der Schauspieldirektor

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 Der Schauspieldirektor pictures:

“Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor or The Impresario is a one act comedy about a theater company. It was commissioned by the Emperor for some stately visit of foreign dignitaries, intended to show off the relative values of German and Italian operetta, and to decide which was preferred (Mozart wrote the German one, and Salieri wrote the Italian one). Both plays were performed at opposite ends of the same vast hallway, the audience turning their chairs at mid-point to watch the other. It is said that the Emperor himself came up with the plot of Der Schauspieldirektor, and the play actually comes across a bit like a bureaucratically devised entertainment, in that it introduces many different ideas and talents without ever really saying anything. Mozart only wrote four songs for the play, all of which appear towards the end, and showcase the talents of two sopranos who are vying for the position of Prima Donna in the company. ”

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Der Schauspieldirektor

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Der Schauspieldirektor

The photos were a hilarious family affair. Mother modeled with one daughter while the other daugheter, Lizzie, did the hair and make-up. You can see some behind-the-scenes stuff here.

The photos from this set are some of the most well documented and popular on this blog:

  1. My first post follows the making of the corsets for both ladies.
  2. The second post takes a look at my embroidery process, and brief reviews of some of the movies I viewed while sewing.
  3. The third post shows how I put together my Jacket and Gilet.
  4. My fourth post shows the inspiration and final pigeon breasted drawstring-front jacket.
  5. The fifth post talks about the hats I created, and features a step-by-step construction process.

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 – Die Entführung aus dem serail

21 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Die Entfuhrung aus dem serail”, which I like to call “The Abduction” for short.

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

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 Abduction pictures:

“Die Entführung aus dem Serail translates as The Abduction from the Seraglio. The word Seraglio is the technical term for the women’s apartments in a harem. A harem, of course, being the part of the castle where women are kept safe from the prying eyes and lusty advances of men. Not only wives, but also the Sultan’s children, sisters, cousins and aunts. Just exactly the sort of place, perhaps, that a young man would like to do some abducting from, am I right? You guys know what I’m talking about.”

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail by Tyson vick.

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail by Tyson vick.

The Abduction features many models who are talented musicians in real life, but the star of the show is the powerhouse Mars Crain, a character actor who you can find in movies like Hancock and television shows like House and Chuck.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrun aus dem Serail. Mars Crain as Osmin. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair and Make-up by Jadi Stuart. This is from another photoshoot when I travelled to LA to work with Mars Crain, who was an awesome Osmin.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrun aus dem Serail. Mars Crain as Osmin. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair and Make-up by Jadi Stuart. This is from another photoshoot when I travelled to LA to work with Mars Crain, who was an awesome Osmin.

And you can also get a closer look at the costumes and the behind-the-scenes in this large post 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.

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