Press release below as I received it. It looks very interesting but I only wish that authors would think a little more before giving their books a title (whatever you do, do not read the Amazon reader's reviews of "Penetrating Wagner's Ring" on Amazon UK. But perhaps these things are regional). It is not of course the first time an author has attempted to write an introduction to The Ring of the Nibelung for children although Roz Goldfarb's approach is very different.
Announcing The Publication Of “Benjamin’s Ring”
A First: Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung” for Young Readers
New York, NY (March 27, 2012) - Roz Goldfarb Creative Ventures announced the publication of Benjamin's Ring, The Story of Richard Wagner's 'The Ring of the Nibelung' for Young Readers, © 2012, written by Roz Goldfarb and with drawings by Geoffrey Moss.
This unique book about The Ring speaks to today’s child of 8 – 14 and tells the enduring story of Richard Wagner’s four opera cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung as it is seen through Benjamin’s eyes. It is written for today’s young readers who enjoy action and adventure tales. Utilizing many of Wagner’s original stage directions and his libretto, Ben’s mother narrates the story and, importantly, answers Ben’s questions. She also explains why Wagner's music is world famous and how opera can be a total theatrical experience for people of any age.
"According to my research nothing like this has ever been published before. It’s my hope that this book will, at last, offer children who love stories of fantasy and mythology the opportunity to experience this classic and also build an interest in opera.” said the author and publisher, Roz Goldfarb.
“I found Benjamin’s Ring to be an engaging and charming re-telling of Wagner’s Ring Cycle libretto.” wrote Deborah Voigt, International Operatic Soprano.
“Benjamin’s Ring is a wonderful introduction into the world of Wagner’s Ring cycle. It is entertaining and informative. I would recommend it for kids that enjoy fantastical stories, but also for anyone preparing to see the Ring for the first time. The illustrations by Geoffrey Moss are beautiful, and the perfect accompaniment to the story.” commented Michelle DeYoung, 3 Time Grammy Award Winning Classical and Operatic Mezzo-Soprano.
Benjamin's Ring is published by Roz Goldfarb Creative Ventures and distributed by CreateSpace, an Amazon Company, in paperback @ $12.99 and has over 20 extraordinary black and white drawings by Geoffrey Moss. To find out more please visit www.benjaminsring.com
Next week in the RBA - Things are still a bit quiet on the vocal music front (the lull before the storm judging by my agenda) but there are a couple of free concerts of interest ...
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