Enter the Land of Darkness, a place where the Queen of the Night seeks the Seventh Crest of the Sun in order to take over the day and plunge the world into eternal night. Enter the fantasy realm of Mozart’s last opera, with pouring landscapes painted by his music.
This post is to announce my newest comic project, Tamino and the Magic Flute, which is a graphic novel of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. The original libretto was written by Emmanuel Schikaneder, a friend of Mozart’s, in 1791, and to this day The Magic Flute is one of the most popular operas in the repertoire, and still performed.
In my adaptation, I plan not only to illustrate the epic piece, but to provide the characters more back story and place more meaning behind why certain events in the opera occur. This means I will be taking certain liberties, but with guidance from Mozart’s music and the psychology he paints with each aria, this adaptation will remain true to the spirit of the original, while breathing new life into the world that these two friends dreamt up together.
Tamino is a foreign prince from the kingdom beyond the mountains. Though raised in a warrior nation, Tamino inhabits a more peaceful disposition, which is noticed by his father, the King. In order to prove he is worthy of inheriting the throne, his father sends him into the Land of Darkness on his Last Hope Ritual, where he will slay a giant serpent and bring back its fang as proof of his ability to rule. But Tamino seems to be having some difficulties…
That’s why he needs the help of the Queen of the Night’s bird catcher, Papageno, who would much rather settle down with a charming wife and a glass (okay, maybe a bottle) of wine than lead a foreign prince around. Unfortunately, Papageno is drafted into the role of protecting the prince as they journey to the Land of the Sun to rescue the Queen’s daughter, Pamina. At least the Land of the Sun gives Papageno a much-needed reprieve from the Queen’s Ladies in Waiting, who accost him regularly. Why? Because they can. They’re not exactly nice. All should go well for the traveling two as long as they don’t run into opposition.
Meet opposition. This is Monostatos, a servant of the High Priest of the Sun, who comes from a land of darkness that fell under destruction after the Queen took it over. Sarastro, High Priest of the Sun, took him in as a sign of mercy, and has placed Pamina in Monostatos’s care under the hope that caring for her will soften his heart. It does not. Pamina must deal with Monostatos as a constant threat to her well-being, and Tamino must learn to deal with someone who can wield a sword far more eloquently than he can.
More character designs are soon to come, with more descriptions of the plot, so keep this blog bookmarked for more updates on Tamino and the Magic Flute, a comic that will hopefully make it to print, depending on how well the Kickstarter goes, which will take place in January 2015. The comic book will be dedicated to Wolfgang A. Mozart himself, as he has been a friendly and lasting presence throughout my life, and without whom I would not have found my artistic voice.
Since Tamino and the Magic Flute will be community-funded, do your best to spread the word around. I appreciate every single one of you and keep in touch for more spoilers on the art and the plot!
From one Mozart fan to another (or for those of you unfamiliar with the opera, from one adventure lover to another),
#Tamino and the Magic Flute, #tatmf