The Shining

Music by Paul Moravec

Libretto by Mark Campbell

Based on the novel by Stephen King

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In this chilling tale, the Torrance family arrives at the remote Overlook Hotel as the off-season, winter caretakers, hoping for time to rest, write, and reconnect. But as the snow starts to fall, malevolent forces awaken within their new home and their son Danny, gifted with a sixth sense, starts experiencing terrifying visions. The pressure builds as his father Jack is consumed by the demons of his past—and the more dangerous ghosts of the Overlook.


Experience an unnerving journey through madness and the supernatural in this gripping adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic novel. With a score by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winning composer Paul Moravec—this opera thrills while also including sweeping melodic moments. This stunning co-production set in 1977 includes rich scenic design and vivid projections.

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2 hours, 1 intermission
English with English captions

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Production Information

The Shining is sung in English with English captions above the stage.

Published by and presented with the permission of Subito Music Corporation. The Shining is a co-Production by Opera Parallèle, Hawai’i Opera Theatre and Portland Opera.

Dates, programming, artists, and details are subject to change.


Captions: For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance includes live English captions projected above the stage.

Audio Description: For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the Sunday matinee performances will include a live audio description of the action and dialogue onstage.

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Community sponsors

Portland Opera is grateful for the ongoing philanthropic support from our individual patrons and generous donors, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Arts Education & Access Fund.