Community Events

The Shining

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

  • Behind the Curtain

    When: Wednesday, April 6 from 7-9pm

    What: 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.

    Where: Minnesota Opera Center – 620 North First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    How: Purchase online here or call the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612-333-6669, M-F, 10am-5pm.

  • Ghost Tours

    When: Friday, April 22 from 5-8pm or 7-9:30pm

    What: Join host Dave Schrader from Darkness Radio and Minnesota Opera singers Shannon Prickett and David Walton, the ghosts from the opera The Shining, for drinks and a casual conversation about their roles as Mrs. Massey and Delbert Gradey from the famous Stephen King novel. Then explore the supernatural among the ghosts and legends of Minneapolis’ original and only Real Ghost Tour!


    Wilde Roast Café – 65 South East Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    The Real Ghost Tours – St. Anthony Main, 125 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    How: This event is sold out!

  • St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

    When: Sunday, April 24 – 7pm rehearsal, 8:30pm reception

    What: To demystify the process of creating an opera, Minnesota Opera is partnering with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra at an open rehearsal. Minnesota Opera artists and singers will work with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra to perform music from The Shining for local audiences. Pulitzer prize-winning composer Paul Moravec, librettist Mark Campbell, Music Director Michael Christie, and Artistic Director Dale Johnson will participate in the event, along with Resident Artists Andrew Lovato (singing the role of Jack Torrance) and Siena Forest (singing the role of Wendy Torrance). Following the rehearsal, musicians and audience members will be able to talk with the creative team and singers during a reception.

    The St. Cloud Symphony Open Rehearsal of The Shining is sponsored by OPERA America and The Opera Fund.

    Where: Ritsche Auditorium, St Cloud State University – 720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

    How: No tickets required!

  • Community Book Read

    When: Monday, April 25 at 7pm  

    What: Join librettist Mark Campbell and composer Paul Moravec for a discussion about how the iconic novel by Stephen King has been reimagined for the stage.

    Where: Minnesota Opera Center – 620 North First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    How: This event is free but registration is required, register online below or call the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612-333-6669, M-F, 10am-5pm.

  • Library Community Discussion

    When: Tuesday, April 26 from 7-8:30pm

    What: Hear librettist Mark Campbell talk about adapting The Shining for the operatic stage in this community discussion.

    Where: Plymouth Library – 15700 36th Avenue North, Plymouth, MN 55446

    How: This event is free and open to the public!

  • American Composers Forum

    When: Sunday, May 1 at 1pm

    Who: American Composers Forum Members

    What: Please join us for a Composer-to-Composer session with composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell on Sunday, May 1st at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, MN. The conversation will take place at 1:00pm, and members will then be invited to observe the Minnesota Opera’s sitzprobe of The Shining at 2:00pm. This is your opportunity to connect, ‘talk shop,’ and experience the work of these accomplished artists!

    Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts – 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

    How: Open to members only.

  • Taste of Opera

    When: Thursday, May 12 at 5:30pm

    What: 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 The Shining with composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell.

    Where: Vieux Carré – 408 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55402

    How: Call Brian at 612-342-9563,M-F, 10am-5pm.

    More information here.



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