Read The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations, Vol. 1: The Magic Flute by P. Craig Russell Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Online


In this volume, Russell's classic adaptations of Richard Wagner's Parsifal from the legend of the Holy Grail, Ariane & Bluebeard by Maeterlinck and Dukas, 'The Clowns' taken from I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, as well as two songs by Mahler: 'The Drinking Song of Earth's Sorrow' and 'Unto This World.'...

Title : The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations, Vol. 1: The Magic Flute
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ISBN : 9781561633517
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Number of Pages : 138 Pages
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The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations, Vol. 1: The Magic Flute Reviews

  • Anna
    2018-12-30 10:29

    Graphic novel adaptations are not really my thing, but the art in this is really lovely. It reminds me of the John R. Neill illustrations in the Oz series, with a curl and flow that makes the realms here magical - as is necessary in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Like all operas, the plot seems more than a little far-fetched, but it translates better as a comic than I expected, although the details are not quite perfect. The biggest downside of this adaptation is that this opera has so much iconic music, like the Queen of the Night aria. Opera may not have a very large fan base, but Die Zauberflöte is one of the most-performed operas today, more than two centuries after its composition. The impossibility to translate that music onto the page makes this a good introduction to the opera, but certainly not a substitute.

  • Ashley F
    2019-01-06 03:35

    Back in the day there was this 1 hour special on television called "The Magic Flute". Yes I know Mozart wrote it way longer ago but let's just stick to my story. I loved that special. I watched it so much I ruined the tape I had it on. It was a musical animated story about a prince who goes to rescue a princess with the help of a magic flute. There are talking animals, evil witches, deceptions, etc. I was in love. I've never seen it in another version and when I saw the library had this I decided to give it a shot.The premise is virtually the same. The Queen of the Night contacts Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from the evil Sarastro. Tamino rushes of with Papageno to rescue the princess. Not all is as it seems when it comes to Sarastro and the Queen of the Night and Tamino and crew are in for a major reveal. As Tamino and Pamina fall in love, Papageno finds his own love with "fairy"(?) Papagena.This is an old-school graphic novel. I'm not sure when it was originally written but it has early '80s written all over it. The pages are old school drawings with elongated bodies, flowing capes, and harsh looking faces. The thought bubbles are long and blocky like the old comics. It's fine but it dates the crap out of the graphic novel.Sadly the adaptation does not really address the story as though a reader is new to it. It's heavily glossed over with over-extended tropes like insta-love and clueless heroism. I haven't watched the tv special in years so maybe all of that was there. I tend to be more forgiving of cartoons for children than adult graphic novels. Yeah...I don't think this should be in the kid's section. I think it got stuck in one of those "comics are for kids" sorting and that's why it ended up in that section.After reading this I am planning to go and watch the old adaptation from the early '90s (YAY Youtube!) and see how I feel. For now though, I'd skip this one.

  • Kienie
    2019-01-12 03:49

    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 the Queen...and then she tries to kill herself because that one time the Prince wouldn't talk to her? And there is something about embracing the light and loving...yourself?I'd probably get a lot more out of this is I were already familiar with the story, or had seen/read an adaptation. But I'm not, so everything seems under-explained.

  • Thebruce1314
    2018-12-29 04:37

    I didn't know that graphic versions of operas existed; there's a whole new world to explore! This was given to me as an anniversary gift by my husband, with tickets to a COC production tucked into the front cover, so for that alone I would give it five stars! I love the idea of the story, and the way in which the artwork is used to propel the plot without words occasionally. The story, convoluted as it is, is still a little hard to follow at times and, while the artwork is lovely, I would have preferred more detailed and colourful settings to match the fantastical storyline. Small complaints aside, this is my favourite opera and I will certainly be giving the book pride of place on my shelf.

  • Jeff
    2018-12-23 05:47

    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 the series of Russell's opera adaptations, but this initial volume doesn't quite come together for me.

  • Paul
    2019-01-07 08:40

    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 folks.He also takes risks with his "Night Music" graphic novels, but that's a review for another day.

  • Cindi
    2019-01-04 10:29

    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.

  • Lynnette
    2019-01-19 11:42

    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.

  • Bob
    2018-12-23 07:35

    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.

  • Heather
    2019-01-19 05:32

    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.

  • Blake
    2019-01-14 08:54

    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.

  • Michael Ritchie
    2019-01-12 04:47

    Russell's illustrations perfectly picture what I think of when I think of a realm of fantasy. Gorgeous adaptation.

  • L
    2018-12-27 06:54

    Story: 2 starsArt: 2 stars

  • Peacegal
    2019-01-23 10:50

    I did not care for the story, but I enjoyed the illustrations, which were reminiscent of 1960s concert poster art.