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.

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
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.

Schyler Vargas

Horace Derwent – Schyler 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.


* 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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