Music by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Terrence McNally
Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean
A powerful tale of grief, mercy, and redemption, Dead Man Walking is hailed as one of the most important operas of our time. Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean which also inspired the Oscar-winning film, it explores the complex relationship between Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher and Prejean, the nun who becomes his reluctant spiritual adviser. With a brilliant score by Jake Heggie and a gripping libretto by Terrence McNally, this modern masterpiece has stunned audiences with realism and haunting eloquence since its 2000 premiere. Performed in English with English supertitles.
Starring Timothy Mix as Joseph De Rocher, Aleks Romano as Sister Helen Prejean, Adrienne Danrich as Sister Rose, and Jenni Bank as Mrs. De Rocher. Directed by Octavio Cardenas. Conducted by Jerome Shannon.
This opera contains explicit content and is not recommended for patrons under 15. Due to a graphic depiction of a sexual assault, late seating will be available after the opening scene.
Dead Man Walking was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera. By arrangement with Bent Pen Music. Sole Agent: Bill Holab.
Photos by Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography
Enhance your Festival experience! Please join us for informative talks prior to each Festival performance, one hour before curtain. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. (Lectures take place in the Parquet Circle of Copeland Hall in The Grand) Admission to lectures is free.
April 27, 6:30 pm: Octavio Cardenas (director, Dead Man Walking)
April 28, 1 pm: Fenlon Lamb (director, Scalia/Ginsburg) & Cynthia du Pont Tobias (director, Trial by Jury)
May 3, 6:30 pm: Sara Jobin (conductor, Scalia/Ginsburg & Trial by Jury)
May 4, 1 pm: Jerome Shannon (conductor, Dead Man Walking)
Q&A AND BOOK DISCUSSION WITH SISTER HELEN PREJEAN
We are proud to partner with First & Central Presbyterian Church and Market Street Music for a special book discussion and Q&A with Sister Helen Prejean at First & Central on April 27. Sister Helen will share her story about counseling death-row inmate Elmo Patrick Sonnier and others, and how her advocacy work continues today. Admission is free. Space is limited so reservations are required.
WHEN: April 27, 3:30 pm
WHERE: First & Central Presbyterian Church (1101 N. Market St.)
RESERVATIONS: This event is now closed.
These programs are partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.