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The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations: Vol. 1 - The Magic Flute: Adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (The Opera Adaptations #1)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  108 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Long out of print, the many adaptations that Russell has done of famous operas are finally collected again in 3 volumes, in the wake of his highly successful massive recent adaptation of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung. This first volume presents his adaptation of one of Mozart’s most famous works, a farcical tale mixed with fantasy. The story begins as the Queen of the Nigh ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by NBM Publishing (first published 1990)
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Victoria Addis
P. Craig Russell’s library of Opera Adaptations is a three volume collection of classic operas adapted into graphic novel form. The success of these adaptations is not just in their communication of classic operas into an accessible form, but as artworks in themselves. Russell’s characters are not a series of “talking heads” charged only with telling the story, but elements in what are true adaptations; transforming the operas into a completely different medium while remaining true to the spirit ...more
Bob
Mar 22, 2015 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic, misc, germany
I first heard The Queen of the Night in a Don Johnson movie, of all places, and have loved Mozart's music ever since. I wondered what the story behind the music was, so I read this book to find out. The book explained this well. The plot was definitely different (as in, really strange) but the music is -- and forever will be -- among the greatest ever written.
Kienie
The art is great.

The story, however, is told too simply. The Queen is EVIL...but aside from turning the women into birds and wanting her ex dead, she doesn't have much of a personality. She turned evil because...her husband didn't pay attention to her? And the King is supposed to be good, but he has a rapist in his midst that tries to rape the King's daughter and whom the King doesn't banish immediately. The Prince is completely a blank slate. The Princess sort of has familial feelings towards t
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Jeff
Oct 04, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I love Craig Russell's art, and admire his ambition in tackling "The Magic Flute" in graphic novel form, somehow the final product is good, but not necessarily great. In a lot of ways, I think the story, which may work very well as an opera, is considerably weaker when rendered in this more strictly narrative form. That is to say, the plot simply isn't complex or interesting enough to warrant the wonderfully detailed artwork. I'm still looking forward to reading the additional volumes in t ...more
Paul
Feb 10, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
P. Craig Russell takes risks and you can tell when one of his books is a labor of love.
He does both in this adaptation of an Opera... who knew you could sell Opera to comic book fans? Well, apparently P. Craig Russell did and he gives us fans a beautiful book with fantastic art.
I don't think I've ever been dissapointed in one of the books he's adapted, and I'll continue to be a fan of his for as long as he keeps em coming or for as long as I'm still around. Whicever comes first, place your bets
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Peter Landis
Story: 2 stars
Art: 2 stars
Joeydag
I finally have a good idea what the plot is! Wonderful graphics, too.
Cindi
Sep 24, 2008 Cindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
I checked this out of the library so I could understand the meaning of a snippet of opera that I watched on YouTube. I didn't realize that it was a graphic novel.

I really liked the story of the magic flute and having pictures definitely helped me understand the meanings of things. That said, I'm not a huge fan of the graphic novel. Still, I was glad to be able to understand "The Magic Flute" and would like to see the whole opera.
Heather
Oct 28, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the opera over ten years ago, so at this point I can't really compare the book to the opera since I don't remember the performance well. On the surface, it's a simple good vs. evil story, but has some interesting turns--and who wouldn't love Papageno? Wonderful illustrations make this a fun, quick read.
Lynnette
An interesting comic book adaption of Mozart's famous opera. It's a well illustrated book. This might help interest high schoolers in opera. I would not recommend younger children read it because of the violence, occasional swearing, and some adult themes. I'm definitely going to check out more of this author's books.
Blake
Sep 24, 2009 Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I don't know what it is about P. Craig Russell's art that I love so freaking much. It's not like anything else in comics, and I'd probably read a cooking book if he illustrated it.
Peacegal
Feb 03, 2012 Peacegal rated it it was ok
I did not care for the story, but I enjoyed the illustrations, which were reminiscent of 1960s concert poster art.
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Other Books in the Series

The Opera Adaptations (4 books)
  • The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations, Vol. 2: Parsifal / Ariane and Bluebeard / I Pagliacci / Songs by Mahler
  • The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations, Vol. 3: Pelleas and Melisande / Salome / Ein Heldentraum / Cavalleria Rusticana
  • P. Craig Russell's Opera Adaptations Set

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