The Shining

Music by Paul Moravec. Libretto by Mark Campbell. Based on the novel by Stephen King.

…sufficient foreboding, tension and emotional heft to carry this psychological thriller

The Wall Street Journal

Stephen King’s best-selling novel comes to life in this suspenseful new opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec and librettist by Mark Campbell (Silent Night and The Manchurian Candidate). As the Torrance family settles in at the infamous Overlook Hotel, Jack comes face to face with his own demons – real and imagined. Will he be able to protect his wife and son from the evil forces within the hotel? This dramatic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat with a dynamic musical score befitting King’s page-turner. Brian Mulligan (pictured above), who delivered a riveting performance as Hamlet, returns to the Minnesota Opera stage as Jack Torrance.

A world premiere and New Works Initiative Production.

Single tickets on sale Summer 2015.

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

  • Synopsis

    Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy and their young son Danny arrive at the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. The family marvels at the grandeur of the residence and revel in their happiness as caretakers for the off-season. Once inside, the general manager, Stuart Ullman, reviews the hotel’s specifics – the ballroom, the dining room, the immense croquet court – and touts the history of its famous guests…

  • Cast and Creative Team

    Read more about the performers on the stage and people behind the scenes.

  • The Shining

    Relive The Shining now with the book (AmazonKindleiTunes), movie (AmazoniTunes), and TV mini-series (Amazon). Don’t miss Stephen King’s upcoming book Doctor Sleep — the thrilling sequel to The Shining!

  • Listen

    Listen to Artistic Director Dale Johnson’s recommended recordings of music composed by Paul Moravec on Spotify and YouTube.


  • New Works Initiative

    The commission of The Shining launches the second generation of Minnesota Opera’s New Works Initiative. A pioneering movement in new opera when it was launched in 2008, the Initiative was designed to invigorate the operatic art form with an infusion of contemporary works and formalized Minnesota Opera’s commitment to artistic growth, leadership and innovation. Its first iteration – a seven-season commitment to producing premieres and revivals of new works – funded the commissions of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night (Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell), Doubt by Douglas J. Cuomo and librettist John Patrick Shanley in 2013 and the political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate (also by Puts and Campbell), which will have its premiere in March 2015.

    Now in the penultimate year of that first phase, Minnesota Opera reveals the future of the New Works Initiative. This next iteration is being conceived as a 10-year program that will not only encompass major commissions like The Shining for its mainstage season at the Ordway, but endeavors to further invigorate the art form and expand its audience by creating new works conceived for non-traditional opera venues. To that end, a hallmark of this new program will be the creation of local and national partnerships to develop new ways of creating, workshopping and presenting opera. Programmatic plans will be released seasonally.



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