“The Shining” Based on the Book, Not the Movie

The Philadelphia Inquirer raises the inevitable question as to how the upcoming Moravec/Campbell opera The Shining can overcome the most famous moments from Stanley Kubrick’s film. And, the answer, in their own words, is very simple:

The opera is based not on the 1980 film, but on Stephen King’s 1977 novel. Obviously, the story of a writer going crazy in a closed-for-the-winter resort has the kind of atmosphere and psychology for which opera was made. The hotel ghosts are perfect for creating grand opera choruses that, in more realistic circumstances, might seem theatrically illogical.

The Minnesota Opera presents premiere performances of The Shining in Minneapolis on May 7 to 15.

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