THE MAGIC FLUTE: The Story of Mozart's Opera by Margaret--Adapt. Greaves

THE MAGIC FLUTE: The Story of Mozart's Opera

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A very simple retelling of the plot of one of the most popular operas, this would be an adequate outline to use with a child who was going to see the opera itself. The substance of the most famous arias is summarized, though without their drama and humor; the story is clear enough, but makes rather an odd tale on its own. Using stylized, doll-like figures, Crespi illustrates the characters as childish in form and expression; overall, the format is attractive, but the net effect of the book is to trivialize Mozart's great work. Still, this seems to be the only rendition currently available, and it will be useful on occasion.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1989
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt