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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 – 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!)”

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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 – 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.”

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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.

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!