Official Press Release
NBM is proud to bring back to press all of the opera adaptation work
by revered artist P. Craig Russell in a three volume series
entitled “The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations.” Each
volume will be published approximately 6 months apart, bringing back
the many adaptations Russell has done over the years, published
principally in the eighties by the long-defunct Eclipse comics. Most
of the works, spanning from Wagner to Leoncavallo, have been
unavailable for over a decade, since the demise of Eclipse. For this
republication, all the art has been reshot from the originals to
allow for larger size reproduction to better showcase Russell’s
In this first volume, his classic adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic
Flute takes up the entire book. Russell shows his fascination with
the fantastic and fantasy elements of the story. Later volumes will
bring out again Parsifal, Salome, Pelleas & Melisande, Ariane &
Bluebeard and his more recent adaptation of I Pagliacci (“The
Clowns”) as well as other smaller works.
This follows closely in the footsteps of his recent completion of the
monumental adaptation of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung (Dark Horse),
which garnered great praise.
Later this year, besides continuing this Library, NBM will bring out
his fourth volume in the projected 5-volume series adapting the Fairy
Tales of Oscar Wilde, tales good for all ages.
And so, ladies and gentlemen, the curtain rises, the orchestra swells
and we see Tamino, a prince on a mission to find Pamina, The Queen of
the Night’s daughter, whom he must rescue from the evil Sarastro.
Tamino/Pamina, Papageno/Papagena, Sarastro/Queen of the Night. A
triptych of couples that lay the drama in this story full of
8×11 ½, 144pp., full color clothbound, $24.95, ISBN 1-56163-350-X;
more at www.nbmpublishing.com