“The Shining is an unqualified success …” – Pioneer Press
“Moravec proves to be a masterful musical dramatist.” – Opera News
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.
The Shining is completely sold out.
Costumes and Set Renderings
Get an inside look into The Shining in the weeks leading up to its world premiere, May 7-15, 2016, with these community events.Read more...
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.
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…Read more...
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.Read More...
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.Read more...
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