LYRIC PREMIERE & NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

DEAD MAN WALKING

by Jake Heggie & Terrence McNally
Sung in English with projected English text


A young couple is brutally killed, and the convicted murderer, Joseph De Rocher, sits on death row. Sister Helen Prejean agrees to be his spiritual adviser. As she meets his family, and the families of his victims, she begins questioning every attitude she has about how human beings treat each other. Based on real-life events, Jake Heggie’s music and Terrence McNally’s libretto explore the nature of friendship and forgiveness in the most profound ways. Hugely acclaimed in major houses internationally, Dead Man Walking is widely acknowledged as one of the most riveting operas of the 21st century. It simply demands to be seen.

Content Advisory: Please be advised that this opera contains nudity, graphic violence, and explicit language.
 
PRODUCTION SPONSORS

ROBERTA L. AND
ROBERT J. WASHLOW

 


Production owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago. Originally created by Opera Pacific, Cincinnati Opera, New York City Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, and Baltimore Opera.

Music by Jake Heggie. Libretto by Terrence McNally. Based on the novel by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ. Commissioned by San Francisco Opera.
 


Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes with 1 intermission

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Photo: Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera

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