Characters & Instrumentation

The Shining

Opera in Two Acts
The Shining

Music by Paul Moravec
Libretto by Mark Campbell
Based on the Novel by Stephen King
Published by Subito Music Corporation

Commissioned by Minnesota Opera / A Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative Commission
World Premiere performances (4): May 7-15, 2016 
Minnesota Opera - Ordway Theater, St. Paul, MN

The premiere of the opera The Shining, with music by Paul Moravec and libretto by Mark Campbell, was presented by kind permission of Subito Music Corporation, publisher and copyright owner, and with the kind permission of Stephen King.

“…If the [premiere] evening’s chief question was can a legitimate, engrossing opera be fashioned from an unlikely source — a popular horror-thriller tale...the answer offered in this eye-filling multimedia production with its score by Paul Moravec and deft libretto by Mark Campbell, [is] a resounding yes…”
The Star Tribune

Jack Torrance - Baritone
Wendy Torrance - Soprano
Danny Torrance - Speaker
Dick Hallorann - Bass
Stuart Ullman - Tenor
Delbert Grady - Tenor
Bill Watson - Tenor
Lloyd - Tenor
Mrs. Massey - Mezzo-Soprano
Mrs. Grady - Soprano
Grady Girls - Sopranos
Senator - Baritone
Derwent - Baritone
Mark Torrance - Baritone
Crooner (in offstage band) - Tenor
Ranger - Speaker
Ghost Chorus - SATB (divisi)
Mafia Guys - TB

2 Flutes (Piccolo)
2 Oboes (English Horn)
2 Clarinets in Bb (Eb Clarinet / Bass Clarinet)
2 Bassoons (Contrabassoon)
4 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in C
2 Tenor Trombones
Bass Trombone
Percussion (2 players)
Vibraphone (bowed), Xylophone, Marimba, Glockenspiel Crotales (bowed), Suspended Cymbals, Triangle, Tam-tam Tambourine, Sand block, Drum Set, Gong, Water Gong Mark Tree, Anvil, Bass Drum, Wind Chimes, Wind Machine
*A Chamber Orchestra version is in preparation.