Dead Man Walking
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Dead Man Walking

Jake Heggie
October 21, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Art On Screen season. This is an archived view.

A riveting drama of crime, punishment and redemption, adapted from the memoir of Sister Helen Prejean.

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Jake Heggie's powerful work has its highly anticipated Met premiere in a new production by Ivo van Hove. Based on Sister Helen Prejean's memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer, Dead Man Walking matches the high drama of its subject with Heggie's poignant music and a libretto by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Terrence McNally. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Sister Helen. The cast also features bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham—who sang Helen Prejean in the opera's 2000 premiere—as De Rocher's mother.

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Content Advisory: Dead Man Walking contains a depiction of a rape and murder, as well as other adult themes and strong language.

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