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 mastery.
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 wonderment.
8x11 ½, 144pp., full color clothbound, $24.95, ISBN 1-56163-350-X; more at www.nbmpublishing.com