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Dead Man Walking
Composer:Jake Heggie
Librettist:Terrance McNally
Synopsis
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.


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
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 Opera Dead 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


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

Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
03:00

Number of Acts
2

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)


Technical Production Directory
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