The Shining was Stephen King's first hardback bestseller. Grotesquely costumed actors and carefully choreographed video projections create the haunting.

The book, The Shining, is a literary masterpiece written by Stephen King. Composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell collaborated on the project, which opened last week at the Minnesota Opera, for three years. The ghost of his abusive father tells the increasingly unstable Jack that his wife and son must die. It seems to be a way of dealing with the troubling aspects of the story. CAMPBELL: If we get more people into the opera house because of the familiarity of the story and expose to new and exciting and challenging music, we all win by that. It's gorgeous!" "And when you finally see the ghosts appearing at the end of Act One, it's as though the gates of hell open up and they come spilling out onto the stage.".


KERR: There is a lot of nervous laughter around this production. As the Torrance family settles in, it becomes clear there are evil spirits in the Overlook. Stanley Kubrick's film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Campbell got it, but says he had to do a lot of distilling. It's gorgeous!" DALE JOHNSON: It's just part of our popular culture, so we have to make sure that the pace of the opera and the telling of the opera doesn't sit too long in one place because the audience is already ahead of you. BRIAN MULLIGAN: (As Jack Torrance, singing) There it is.

"I mean, they are really good. KERR: "The Shining" is the latest in a series of Minnesota Opera premieres based on popular books, plays and movies, including "The Grapes of Wrath," "Silent Night," which won a Pulitzer for its score, and "Doubt."

The ghost of his abusive father tells the increasingly unstable Jack that his wife and son must die. Stanley Kubrick's film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorsese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. KERR: There is a lot of nervous laughter around this production. Jump scares are always horrible to me, and I tend to overreact (my… ", "Lots of notes!"

To see more, visit, Classical Video from WRTI's Performance Studio, A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music, Musical Google Earth: Composer Paul Moravec's Sense Of Place, The Danish String Quartet's Manifold Vision For Classical Music. KERR: Several managers from other opera companies are attending the Minnesota Opera's premier performances of "The Shining" to the encouraging news that the entire run has been sold out for weeks. KERR: For those who missed out on the book and the movie, "The Shining" begins with Jack Torrance driving his wife Wendy and son Danny across country to his new job, winter caretaker at the empty Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies.

"I think of the Overlook as sort of this gateway into hell," he says. Now, the story is an opera — and its creators want it to be even more terrifying than the book or the movie. He's kind of struggling to, like, end that cycle of abuse with his own family and failing miserably. But the goal of the company's New Works Initiative goes beyond filling seats. Wendy replies. "So we have to make sure that the pace of the opera, and the telling of the opera, doesn't sit too long in one place — because the audience is already ahead of you.". The aim, Mark Campbell says, is to create new operas that will be performed around the country. The movie didn't scare me at all, (even though the acting was very good) however the book scared the flipping daylights out of me! Now, the story is an opera — and its creators want it to be even more terrifying than the book or the movie. The Stanley Kubrick directed film version, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, came out three years later.

Kaduce and Mulligan both say that to sing and fight at the same time is exhausting. It established him as a major figure in the horror genre. "Oh, Jack!

"It's perfect! They had to ask Moravec to write a little extra music in some spots just so they can catch their breath. Grotesquely costumed actors and carefully choreographed video projections create the haunting. Some of them are pretty good, some of those notes. Baritone Brian Mulligan, a bear of a man with an impressive beard, sings the part of Jack.

I like to read the book of any movie before I see the film.

Both became hits, and that's good for pulling in audiences, says Minnesota Opera artistic director Dale Johnson. Baritone Brian Mulligan, a bear of a man with an impressive beard, sings him. The group has a new record called Adès/Nørgard/Abrahamsen that features a program of Danish and British music. MARK WALTERS: (As Mark Torrance) Kill him. For those who missed out on the book and the movie, The Shining begins with Jack Torrance driving his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny, across the country to his new job: winter caretaker at the empty Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies.

The Shining, and ... there's no better time to read Stephen King's scariest novel: IT. "I mean, they are really good.

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