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

Single tickets on sale July 15, 2019. Subscriptions available now.

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 Hall Family Foundation.

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.

Other casting to be announced at a later date.

* 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
Costume Designer – Kärin Kopischke
Lighting Designer – Robert Wierzel
Projection Designer – 59 Productions

* Lyric Opera Debut

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