Everyone sing it with me now ..."Here's Johnny!"
All work and no play makes us all dull people, and Opera Colorado is here to help. Recently, it announced that it was going to take an ax to tradition and bring us a horror fan's dream come true: a production of The Shining.
In 2020, we'll be gifted the experience of Stephen King's Colorado-inspired horror tale with a twist. Join Jack, Wendy, and Danny as they descend into the Overlook Hotel's madness, opera-style. Will the creepy twins harmonize beautifully as they invite Danny for that forever play date? Will "Redrum" take on a more eerie vibe in song form? You bet, as Opera Colorado has been home to passionate, talented artists for over 35 years.
In addition to his murderous-rampage skills, Jack Torrance also has a lovely singing voice.
The Shining production will join Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Bizet’s Carmen on the bill for the 2020-2021 season, marking an exciting time for the opera. It is able to offer these performances thanks to a larger than usual subscription rate and an anonymous $1 million donation. It's a welcome upswing for the company, as in recent years it suffered production cutbacks.
“We are so pleased to say that Opera Colorado is bucking the national downward trend for subscription rates, and we are immensely grateful to Denver audiences for embracing this larger-than-life art form and the works we present,” says Opera Colorado general and artistic director Greg Carpenter in a statement.
And the company's vision of The Shining is sure to be a crowd pleaser. But don't break down the Ellie Caulkins Opera House door with an ax to get tickets just yet - they won't be on sale until next year.
But, in the meantime, you can enjoy several wonderful productions during the 2019-2020 season, including Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” and Puccini’s “Tosca.” You can find tickets on Opera Colorado's website.
What do you think? Will you be checking out The Shining when it hits the stage? Let us know in the comments below.