A World Premiere! Now that’s an exciting event!! And it has happened right here in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts–The Shining, a Stephen King novel made opera. The May 7th performance was amazing Xs 10!!
As Minnesota Opera’s promotional brochure states, “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. 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.”
The production of this ground-breaking work is just another reason we in the Twin Cities area should support this exceptional opera company Minnesota Opera. They not only bring the best and brightest in opera to our locale, they are also bold enough to try new works as well as old, exceptionally new ideas as well and the old and familiar. I know this for a fact since my wife and I attended last year’s outdoor presentation of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West on a cold and wet Saturday evening. Yes we were cold but we got free Minnesota Opera blankets to keep us warm. That’s bold and exceptional!
I hope you will come try opera on for size at Minnesota Opera.
Bye for now.