The Shining: A Chilling Artistic Triumph

From Musical America Worldwide:

“This operatic treatment of Stephen King’s breakthrough horror-thriller (1977) manages not only to distill the narrative intensity of the original but—its most significant achievement—transforms The Shining into valid operatic terms that transcend the thriller trappings.”

Bluebeard’s Castle: winding, enigmatic phrases punctuated by an eerie pause. Moravec’s method here shares something with film cues in the continual gear-shifting among divergent types of material, which the composer navigates with virtuoso fluency. Overall, the hard-driving momentum proves to be spectacularly effective, but it allows the composer relatively few opportunities to develop lyrical beauties that tantalizingly but briefly emerge (notably, in an aria for Wendy and in the epilogue).”

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