Lyric Premiere & New-to-Chicago Production Dead Man Walking

By Jake Heggie & Terrence McNally

  • Language - Sung in English with projected English text
  • Running Time - 2 hours, 55 minutes with 1 intermission

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.

Upcoming Dates
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November 2019

Saturday

11/02

7:30 PM

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Wednesday

11/06

7:00 PM

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Sunday

11/10

2:00 PM

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Wednesday

11/13

2:00 PM

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Saturday

11/16

7:30 PM

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Friday

11/22

7:00 PM

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Meet the Artists

Patricia Racette

Sister Helen

Susan Graham

Mrs. De Rocher

Ryan McKinny*

Joseph De Rocher

Whitney Morrison†

Sister Rose

Clay Hilley*

Father Grenville

Gordon Hawkins

George Benton

Nicole Paiement*

Conductor

Leonard Foglia

Director

Michael McGarty*

Set Designer

Jess Goldstein*

Costume Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumna

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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.

Photo: Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera