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Salman Rushdie's 'Shalimar The Clown' Is Now An Opera

Jun 11, 2016

Shalimar the Clown is Salman Rushdie's eighth novel. Published in 2005, it tells the story of a young man who seeks revenge after he's jilted by the love of his life. There's intrigue, violence, and conflict between tradition and modern society — the sort of stuff that makes for grand opera.

Now, Shalimar the Clown is just that. Adapted by composer Jack Perla and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Rajiv Joseph, the opera premieres tonight at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Rushdie says the novel sprang from one tragic image.

When the New York City Opera (NYCO) announced its final performances and imminent bankruptcy in September 2013, opera lovers, not just in Manhattan, were shocked.

Kristian Jaime

Opera Piccola's new production takes on a very old theme. That theme is love and jealousy. The opera is Acis and Galatea. The star of the show and the production's music director had this to say.

"My name is Tyson Miller.  I'm playing the role of Acis, which is the hero, the tenor, the protagonist of the story. He is seeking his love. He finds her, and they create a nice life together."

The Shining was Stephen King's first hardback bestseller. Stanley Kubrick's film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Now, the story is an opera — and its creators want it to be even more terrifying than the book or the movie.

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