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Opera Adaptations: v.3: The P. Craig Russell Library: Vol 3 (P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing Company (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561633887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561633883
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,657,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joakim Jahlmar on 3 May 2005
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While some people may know of P. Craig Russell from his contribution to Neil Gaiman's The Sandman ("Ramadan" #50) and the adaptation of the latter's short story "Murder Mysteries", he is actually famous for his adaptations of various opera pieces into the medium of comics. Now NBM has had the good taste to release a series of three volumes entitled The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations once more making many of his adaptations available to new audiences.
This is the concluding third volume and it contains the adaptations "Pelleas & Melisande" (adapted from Maeterlinck and Debussy), "Ein Heldentraum" (adapted from Hugo Wolf's song), "The Godfather's Code" (adapted from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana) and "Salome" (adapted from Richard Strauss's operatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play).
"Pelleas & Melisande" is the longest story in the book and beautifully illustrates problems of love and jealousy (as so many of these operas tend to focus on. A lot of the achivement in the artwork lies in the colouring which beautifully expresses various moods and tones in the story.
My favourite story in this volume, however, is probably "The Godfather's Code". The visual staging - like that of "The Clowns" in volume 2 - responds well to the notion of 'verismo' (realism) in their opertic sources. Anyone who enjoys the opening scenes in Coppola's The Godfather Part II cannot help but enjoy this very Sicilian setting, the small village, the period costumes. It is truly fantastic.
The adaption of "Salome" (which would probably be my second favourite) is absolutely fascinating in its way of setting up the biblical story of Salome and John the Baptist. Clearly one of the better of Russell's earlier adaptations.
Finally a few words about "Ein Heldentraum".
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