Talk Is Jericho: The Shining – Horror At The Opera

Talk Is Jericho: The Shining – Horror At The Opera

Stephen King’s The Shining has been adapted into an incredibly scary horror… opera! Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist Mark Campbell joins to explain how he translated the 600-page novel into a terrifying tale sung by some of the most powerful voices in the world, all with Stephen King’s blessing! Mark talks about the process of writing the opera, collaborating with brilliant composer Paul Moravec and stage director Brian Staufenbiel to bring it to life in the confines of an opera house stage! He reveals which famous scenes make the opera version (redrum anyone?), how the Torrance Family is depicted onstage (someone dies but not who you think), the surprise hero left standing at the end (any guesses?), and why comedic moments are so important to this piece. Plus, Mark talks about the differences between old-school Italian opera and newer American opera, why it’s okay to sing in English, and the impact that the success of The Shining has had on the opera industry to date.

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