Moravec: A Wonder to Behold

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Paul Moravec chats with guests during the orchestral reading of THE SHINING.

From November 17 -20, the Minnesota Opera hosted an orchestral workshop and reading of Paul Moravec’s new opera The Shining, conducted by music director Michael Christie. Based on Stephen King’s 1977 best-selling novel, the opera features a libretto by Mark Campbell and was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera as part of its New Works Initiative project.

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Michael Christie leads the orchestral reading of THE SHINING, by Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell. Photo courtesy: Minnesota Opera

Michael Christie offers an insider’s view into preparing this work new. “I am in awe of the creative process that yields a conductor’s score for a new work. Paul’s commitment to bringing King’s iconic novel to life through a vocal and instrumental medium is a wonder to behold. I applaud his inspiration and audacity! It has been fun and thoroughly consuming to work through a project as mammoth as The Shining in operatic form. Bravo Paul and Mark!”

The Shining receives its world premiere in May 2016 at The Ordway in Saint Paul, MN.