Photo by The Pirates of Penzance, 2017. Photo by Cory Weaver.

The Shining

Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Friday, May 1, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 2:00 PM

Music by Paul Moravec
Libretto by Mark Campbell
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Conductor Gerard Schwarz
Director Eric Simonson


Approximate running time is 2 hours, 15 minutes with one intermission.

Dad hasn’t been himself lately, or literally.

Deep in the shadows of the Colorado Rockies, nestled between the middle of nowhere and miles from where anyone can hear you scream, waits the Overlook Hotel. For its new caretakers, the Torrance family, the only thing more unnerving than their profound seclusion is the realization that they are not the hotel’s only guests.

The young son with a sixth sense endures the house of horrors as his father faces demons – past and present, real and remembered – that ultimately turn him into a monster. What started as a desperate search for financial and marital sanctuary, spirals into a terrifying struggle for sanity and survival.

With music as haunting as the story is tragic, only through opera does The Shining reach more frightening depths than ever before.

UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: The Shining will be sung in English, with English subtitles.

Arrive early to enjoy a FREE PRE-OPERA TALK before each Lyric Opera performance at the Kauffman Center. Pre-opera talks start one hour before curtain and last about 30 minutes.

The Shining is sponsored by The Lyric Opera Circle; R.C. Kemper, Jr. Charitable Trust; and the Hall Family Foundation.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Photo Gallery

  • The Shining. Minnesota Opera. Photo by Ken Howard.


Jack Torrance – Edward ParksEdward Parks
Baritone Edward Parks returns to Lyric Opera, last seen here as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (2016). Recent appearances include Steve Jobs in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera; Audebert in Silent Night and Marcello in La bohème at Minnesota Opera; Valentin in Faust with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Portland Opera; Escamillo in Carmen and Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette at Atlanta Opera; Belcore in The Elixir of Love with Opera de Oviedo; W.P. Inman in Cold Mountain at North Carolina Opera; Ford in Falstaff at Des Moines Metro Opera; and Laurent in Thérèse Raquin at Chicago Opera Theatre.

Wendy Torrance – Kelly KaduceKelly Kaduce
Soprano Kelly Kaduce returns to Lyric Opera for The Shining; she was most recently seen here as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (2014). Recent engagements include Wendy Torrance in The Shining at Minnesota Opera; Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Santa Fe Opera and Florida Grand Opera; Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; the title role in Tosca with Houston Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre; Desdemona in Otello with Kentucky Opera; Alice Ford in Falstaff at Des Moines Metro Opera; Giorgetta in Il tabarro with Bard Music Festival, Nedda in Pagliacci with Virginia Opera, and Liù in Turandot with Atlanta Opera.

Dick Halloran – Aubrey Allicock *Aubrey Allicock
Bass-Baritone Aubrey Allicock makes his Lyric Opera debut in The Shining. Allicock’s current season also includes performing as Argante in Rinaldo at Glyndebourne Festival and Young Emile in Champion at Michigan Opera Theater. Past engagements include the title role in The Marriage of Figaro at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Saltzburger Landestheater, and Michigan Opera Theater; John Henry in We Shall Not Be Moved at Opera Philadelphia and Dutch National Opera; General Groves in Doctor Atomic with BBC Symphony Orchestra and on Nonesuch Records; a debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic; a debut with Concertgebouw Amsterdam in El Niño; and his Metropolitan Opera debut as Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer.

Mark Torrance – Malcolm MacKenzie *Malcolm MacKenzie
Baritone Malcolm MacKenzie debuts at Lyric Opera in The Shining. MacKenzie has been heard at leading opera houses throughout the U.S. and Europe, including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Paris Opera, Savonlinna Festival, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, San Diego Opera, and Arizona Opera. Recent highlights include Stubb in Moby-Dick with both Los Angeles Opera and Pittsburgh Opera; Germont in La traviata and Roger Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter with Colorado Opera; Rigoletto with North Carolina Opera; the title role in Simon Boccanegra with Kentucky Opera; Scarpia in Opera Omaha’s Tosca; and a return to The Metropolitan Opera as Dancaïro in Carmen.

Lloyd the Bartender – Roger Honeywell *Roger Honeywell
Tenor Roger Honeywell debuts with Lyric Opera in The Shining. Recent appearances include a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for his debut as Prince Shuisky in Boris Godunov; he also returned to Canadian Opera Company for the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian, and debuted the role of Loge in Das Rheingold with Opéra de Montréal. Other recent appearances include Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick at Utah Opera and Pittsburgh Opera; Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West with Virginia Opera; Veasey in Cold Mountain at North Carolina Opera; Cavaradossi in Tosca with Florida Grand Opera and Portland Opera.

Delbert Grady – Joseph Leppek +Joseph Leppek, tenor
Tenor Joseph Leppek is a 2019-20 Resident Artist, also slated to perform as Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and in the Explorations programs. Recent appearances for Lyric Opera include Glad Hand in West Side Story as well as High Fidelity Opera and Mack the Knife is the Man I Love. He has also appeared as Tony in West Side Story with The Glimmerglass Festival; Mr. Martini in It’s a Wonderful Life at Houston Grand Opera; Giachomo de Wisants in The Siege of Calais at The Glimmerglass Festival; and The Priest in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga.

Mrs. Massey – Kelly Birch @Kelly Birch, mezzo-soprano
Kelly Birch returns to Lyric Opera after performing as a Resident Artist for the 2018-19 season. Recent appearances include Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro at Aspen Music Festival. For Lyric Opera, she appeared as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief and Sally in A Hand of Bridge (both part of High Fidelity Opera); she was also seen in the title role of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Mrs. Jones in Street Scene, and Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major at Opera Varna (Bulgaria); and Rosmira in Partenope with OperaNEO.

Mrs. Grady – Morgan Balfour +Morgan Balfour, soprano
Soprano Morgan Balfour is a 2019-20 Resident Artist, and will also appear in both Explorations programs. Balfour holds a Bachelor’s degree from Queensland Conservatory and a Master’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory, where she performed as Young Alyce in Glory Denied, the title role in Rodelinda, Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and Meleagro in Atalanta. Recent engagements include Voice of the Dawn in La Rondine with Pocket Opera, Cephise in Pigmalion with Pinchgut Opera, Honour in King Arthur at the Brisbane Baroque Festival, and Pamina in The Magic Flute with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Horace Derwent – Schyler VargasSchyler Vargas
Baritone Schyler Vargas returns to Lyric Opera in The Shining, most recently seen here as Diesel in West Side Story. Recent credits include Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata and Frank Schultz in Show Boat with The Glimmerglass Festival; Samuel in Pirates of Penzance with Dayton Opera and Diesel in West Side Story with Atlanta Opera. He has been a Young Artist with The Glimmerglass Festival in 2018 and 2019 and is an alumnus of Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy. Other roles include Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Maximillian in Candide.

Seungyun Kim, baritone

The Senator – Seungyun Kim +
Baritone Seungyun Kim is a 2019-20 Resident Artist, and will also appear in both Explorations programs. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Seoul National University, and a Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory, where he performed the title roles in The Marriage of Figaro and Gianni Schicchi and Speaker in The Magic Flute. Other roles include the title role in Don Pasquale, Colline in La bohème, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Sacristan in Tosca. In Summer 2018, Kim was a voice fellow at Music Academy of the West; he was a 2019 Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera.


* Lyric Opera Debut
+ LOKC Resident Artist
~ LOKC Apprentice Artist
@ Former LOKC Resident Artist

Creative Team

Conductor Gerard Schwarz *
Director Eric Simonson
Set Designer Erhard Rom for Minnesota Opera
Costume Designer Kärin Kopischke
Lighting Designer Robert Wierzel
Wig & Makeup Designer David Zimmerman
Projection Designer 59 Productions
Chorus Master Piotr Wisniewski

* Lyric Opera Debut

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