Mark Campbell's staging of 'The Shining' opened last week at Minnesota Opera. Based on Stephen King's horror novel turned silver-screen-psychological-nightmare by director Stanley Kubrick, the production features music from composer Paul Moravec.
This year, the Minnesota Opera will define what it means to adapt a novel to stage. Stephen King's best-selling text, The Shining (and let's be clear we're not talking about Kubrick), is a risky endeavor, one in dealing with enough psychologically-based thematic concepts that it could have driven librettist Mark Campbell insane just to write.
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A list of opera premières scheduled over the next few years reads like a list of best-selling books or popular movies: 'Brokeback Mountain,' 'Dolores Claiborne,' 'Cold Mountain,' 'The Shining,' 'The Manchurian Candidate.'
The Minnesota Opera recently announced that it has commissioned an opera based on Stephen King's 'The Shining.' Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec will work with librettist Mark Campbell to adapt King's 1977 horror classic. The opera will receive its world première in 2016.