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 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 6 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Individual show tickets are available now!

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

  • Cast and Creative Team

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

  • 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.

    “Here We Are” from The Shining

    “I Never Stopped Loving You” from The Shining

    “Time for Bed, My Child” 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.

  • 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.

  • Behind the Curtain

    The Shining on April 6, 2016 at 7pm – Buy Tickets

    Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of each opera. Each event will feature talks led by Minnesota Opera’s Head of Music Rob Ainsley and informative discussions with members of the cast and creative team.

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