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Mozart Reimagined – Ascanio in Alba

31 Jul

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature numerous photos illustrating Mozart’s “Ascanio in Alba”, a play that was written for the wedding of the year in 1771!

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Ascanio in Alba

Mozart Reimagined features five photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Ascanio in Alba

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 Ascanio in Alba pictures:

“Uniquely, for Mozart, he treats the piece with an unyielding festive spirit, and does not frequently use dramatic or emotional painting for the arias. All of the music is meant to be celebratory, and any sign of pathos or seriousness is kept far at bay. There are large decorative arias, ballets during the overture, repeated and growing choruses with group and solo dances, and the original text calls for many fantastical and striking stage images to occur during the music, including Venus descending from the sky and trees turning into buildings.
Because of this joyous narrow focus in the music, Ascanio in Alba completely upstaged the actual opera composed for the event, called Ruggiero, by Hasse, a major popular composer of the day. He remarked days after the repeated performances of Mozart’s piece, “This boy will cause us all to be forgotten.”

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Ascanio in Alba, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

The awesome Model/Actor/Fitness Coach Justen Phelps portrays Ascanio in the photos. Five years ago when I worked with Justen he hadn’t started fitness training, but now he’s practically the size of Arnold Schwarzenegger! He is active and friendly on social media and if you like fitness you should check out his instagram @Phelps_fitness. You can also check out some of the sexy modeling work he did with me, but be forewarned, the photos may verge on NSFW.

You can also check out some behind-the-scenes work on the costumes worn in the photo 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.

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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