Colony Fellow Collaborators turning Stephen King’s The Shining into an Opera

Paul Moravec

MacDowell Colony article on PM’s upcoming opera with librettist Mark Campbell: Paul Moravec composes and Mark Campbell writes the libretto for Stephen King’s The Shining for Minnesota Opera’s 2016 season. The Shining, the classic Stephen King horror story, is being turned into an opera. And the Minnesota Opera Company is betting that two MacDowell Fellows, Mark Campbell and Paul Moravec, are the perfect pair of collaborators to turn it into a hit. Access the complete […] Read more »

Kentucky Opera: The King’s Man

Kentucky Opera: The King's Man

‘THE KING’S MAN’ AND ‘DANSE RUSSE’ What: Kentucky Opera presents two one-act operas composed by Paul Moravec with libretto by Terry Teachout by Kentucky Opera. When: 8 p.m. Friday, October 11; 2 p.m. Saturday October 11. (An opera preview with composer and librettist will be presented one hour before each performance. An Opera Talk Back with the artistic team, stage directors and artists will be held after Saturday’s performance.) Where: Comstock Hall, University of Louisville […] Read more »

The Kentucky Opera Presents The King’s Man and Danse Russe

The King's Man

From the Kentucky Opera Contemporary Opera webpage: “The American Revolution is the backdrop of The King’s Man as the relationship between Benjamin Franklin and his son William Franklin is challenged as the men take different sides in defining the direction of the country. “Revolutionary” describes The Rite of Spring and its aftermath as the creators deal with the fallout from the opening night riots in Danse Russe. These two new one-acts are the works of […] Read more »

The Forgotten Franklin

Ben Franklin

by Terry Teachout EVERYBODY IN AMERICA knows who Benjamin Franklin was, more or less, and most people even have a pretty good idea of what he looked like. But William Franklin, Ben’s illegitimate son, is known only to those who are well read in American history, even though the story of his stormy relationship with his famous father is a fascinating and disturbing tale. Unlike Ben, William was a Tory who chose to remain loyal […] Read more »

New Music: Upsparkles

Paul Moravec New Works

Upsparkles was commissioned by the San Antonio International Piano Competition, to be performed by contestants in the 2012 series. The title of the piece comes from the culture of Occupy Wall Street. While witnessing a General Assembly in Zucotti Park in early October, 2011, I was charmed at the sight of a particular hand signal used by the participants to indicate approval. As Eve Ensler reports in the Huffington Post (October 10, 2011): “There are […] Read more »