Next month, Opera Colorado will debut its production of The Shining, an opera based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The opera, which premiered in 2016, is a retelling of the story of the Torrance family, a remote hotel and its caretaker’s descent into madness.
King was famously inspired to write it while staying at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Now, Opera Colorado is partnering with the hotel to create an “immersive” The Shining experience at that very hotel. On Feb. 5 and 6, Stanley’s concert hall will host a performance of highlights from the opera.
Weekend packages start at $2,000 per room and include a preview performance of some of the opera’s highlights, a one-night stay at The Stanley, a cocktail hour, a three-course dinner, and a bed and breakfast featuring a Q&A with Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell, who wrote the opera’s music and libretto, respectively. Proceeds will benefit Opera Colorado’s Education and Community Engagement Programs.
“We are facing so many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a changed education landscape-fewer teachers, fewer music programs-and this support is critical to helping us rebuild relationships and ensure our community has access to the arts education it needs,” Cherity Koepke, Opera Colorado’s Director of Education & Community Engagement, said in a statement. “The impact of our partnership with The Stanley will be felt for years to come.”