The Shining

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

The Shining is an unqualified success …” – Pioneer Press

“Moravec proves to be a masterful musical dramatist.” – Opera News

Stephen King’s best-selling novel comes to life in this suspenseful new opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec and librettist 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.

Preliminary run time of 2 hours and 8 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

The Shining contains strong language, gunshots, simulated nudity, theatrical haze, and strobe lighting.


  • Digital Program

  • Cast and Creative Team

    Minnesota Opera Favorite Brian Mulligan sings the role of Jack Torrance. Click below to read more about the performers on the stage and people behind the scenes.

  • Costume and Set Renderings


  • Community Events

    Get an inside look into The Shining in the weeks leading up to its world premiere, May 7-15, 2016, with these community events.

  • Listen

    Listen to music composed by Paul Moravec for the Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of The Shining, as well as Spotify recordings from Moravec’s The Tempest Fantasy, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

    Introduction from The Shining

    “I am yours, and you are mine” from The Shining

    “I never stopped loving you” from The Shining

    “Time for bed, my child” from The Shining

    Interlude 2 from The Shining

    Interlude 3 from The Shining


  • Behind the Scenes

    Get an exclusive look at the creation of this world premiere opera.

  • Synopsis

    Jack Torrance has been engaged as winter caretaker for the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies and arrives there with his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny, in early October, at the end of the hotel’s season. Wendy and Jack welcome the change the hotel will bring to their lives; they both believe that the experience will bring them closer together…

  • The Book

    Relive The Shining now – the original novel is available on AmazonKindle, and iTunes. Don’t miss Stephen King’s upcoming book Doctor Sleep — the thrilling sequel to The Shining!

  • Opera Insights

    Get an overview of the characters and music, historical and cultural context for the opera and hear performances by Minnesota Opera Resident Artists. Enjoy this free, fun and informative half-hour session one hour before your performance.

  • Taste of Opera

    The Shining on May 12, 2016 at 5:30pm – Call 612-342-9563 to Buy Tickets

    Enhance your opera-going experience with a Taste of Opera – a delicious pre-show dinner and relaxed conversation with experts from the world of opera. Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts an engaging look at each production with special guests from Minnesota Opera. Leave the logistics to us and enjoy an all-inclusive evening out!


  • 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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