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Dead Man Walking
Composer:Jake Heggie
Librettist:Terrence McNally
A Louisiana nun becomes a spiritual advisor to a convicted murderer on death row, and struggles to persuade him to admit his guilt and find redemption. The opera explores the human conflicts posed by society's demands for vengeance and the Christian imperative for forgiveness and love.

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Metropolitan OperaDead Man Walking9/26/2023 - 10/21/2023
Opera IdahoDead Man Walking4/22/2022 - 4/24/2022
Lyric Opera of ChicagoDead Man Walking11/2/2019 - 11/22/2019
OperaDelawareDead Man Walking4/27/2019 - 5/4/2018
Atlanta OperaDead Man Walking2/2/2019 - 2/10/2019
Minnesota OperaDead Man Walking1/27/2018 - 2/3/2018
Kentucky OperaDead Man Walking10/27/2017 - 10/29/2017
Opera on the AvalonDead Man Walking6/16/2017 - 6/17/2017
Vancouver OperaDead Man Walking4/29/2017 - 5/7/2017
Pensacola OperaDead Man Walking3/17/2017 - 3/19/2017
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityDead Man Walking3/4/2017 - 3/12/2017
Washington National OperaDead Man Walking2/25/2017 - 3/11/2017
Fresno Grand OperaDead Man Walking5/7/2016 - 5/7/2016
Opera ModestoDead Man Walking4/29/2016 - 5/1/2016
New Orleans Opera AssociationDead Man Walking3/4/2016 - 4/23/2016
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Dead Man Walking2/27/2015 - 3/1/2015
Opera ParallèleDead Man Walking2/20/2015 - 3/8/2015
Central City OperaDead Man Walking7/7/2014 - 7/25/2014
Des Moines Metro OperaDead Man Walking6/6/2014 - 7/19/2014
Madison OperaDead Man Walking4/4/2014 - 4/27/2014
Eugene OperaDead Man Walking5/15/2013 - 5/17/2013
Opéra de MontréalDead Man Walking3/3/2013 - 3/16/2013
Tulsa OperaDead Man Walking3/4/2012 - 3/4/2012
Houston Grand OperaDead Man Walking1/1/2011 - 2/6/2011
Fort Worth OperaDead Man Walking5/5/2009 - 5/10/2009
Baltimore Opera CompanyDead Man Walking3/1/2006 - 3/19/2006
Calgary Opera AssociationDead Man Walking1/1/2006 - 2/1/2006
Pittsburgh OperaDead Man Walking6/1/2004 - 6/13/2004
State Opera of South AustraliaDead Man Walking8/8/2003 - 8/26/2003
Detroit OperaDead Man Walking6/6/2003 - 6/15/2003
Austin OperaDead Man Walking1/1/2003 - 1/18/2003
New York City OperaDead Man Walking9/9/2002 - 9/28/2002
Cincinnati OperaDead Man Walking7/7/2002 - 7/19/2002
Opera PacificDead Man Walking4/4/2002 - 4/21/2002
San Francisco OperaDead Man Walking10/10/2000 - 10/27/2000

OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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New Works Exploration Grants2017
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2017
New Works Exploration Grants2016
New Works Exploration Grants2015
New Works Exploration Grants2013
New Works Exploration Grants2012
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2012
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2011
The Next Stage2001

Title Information

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Number of Acts

Musical Style
Contemporary, with many influences from American popular styles

Vocal & Musical Forces
4 principal roles, several secondary roles; chorus. Orchestra: standard

Original Cast
Sean San Jose (Young Man)
Dawn Walters (Young Woman)
John Packard/Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Joseph de Rocher)
David Tenenbaum (Anthony de Rocher)
Susan Graham/Kristine Jepson (Sister Helen Prejean)
Theresa Hamm-Smith (Sister Rose)
Rachelle Perry (A mother)
Sally Mouzon (Sister Lillianne)
Virginia Pluth (Sister Catherine)
Jeremy Singletary (Jimmy Charlton)
Donita Volkwijn (Mrs. Charlton)
David Okerlund (A motor cop/First prison guard)
Jay Hunter Morris (Father Grenville)
John Ames (George Benton)
Philip Horst (Second prison guard)
Richard Walker (First inmate)
Daniel Harper (Second inmate)
David Kekuewa (Third inmate)
Frederick Winthrop (Fourth inmate)
Frederick Matthews (Fifth inmate)
Jim Croom (A paralegal)
Frederica von Stade (Mrs. Patrick de Rocher)
Eli Borggraefe (Her 19-year-old son)
Mario Sawaya (Her 14-year-old son)
Robert Orth (Owen Hart)
Nicolle Foland (Kitty Hart)
Catherine Cook (Jade Boucher)
Gary Rideout (Howard Boucher)

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