Coverbild Slain Dragons And Magic Flutes von Christoph Schmitz, ISBN-978-3-941411-09-8
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Slain Dragons And Magic Flutes

Stories from the great operas

Melodrama, emotion, madness – the vital components of opera, presented in a perfect format for young minds

The operatic stage is a hotbed of simmering drama. A vibrant theatrical world of jealousy, intrigue and murder, at times the action is so relentless it can be difficult to follow – it’s just as well there’s someone to explain exactly what is going on. Slain Dragons and Magic Flutes presents the stories from all the most important operas, beginning with "L’Orfeo" all the way to "The Threepenny Opera", in skilfully condensed versions giving an outline of all the significant motifs running through the works. Of course, the music itself is paramount, and if you are not, as yet, familiar with the melodies, you’ll want to hear the music as soon as possible. Gerda Raidt’s illustrations elaborately recreate the operatic stage with its spectacular designs and thrilling light effects.

Details
96 pages, Age 6 and up, ISBN 978-3-941411-09-8
About the author

Christoph Schmitz

Christoph Schmitz was born in 1961 and studied literature, music and philosophy. He is arts and culture editor of a radio station.
About the illustrator

Gerda Raidt

Gerda Raidt was born in 1975, and studied in Halle and at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts. She has been a freelance illustrator since 2004. More information at: www.gerda-raidt.de
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