Dead Man Walking

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"Music with echoes of Bernstein, Barber, blues and Broadway...a work of immense dramatic power."

–Chicago Tribune

Riveting..."A masterpiece of words, music, and emotion."

–New York Times

Dead Man Walking

Music by Jake Heggie • Libretto by Terrence McNally
Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean

This opera was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera

Friday, October 27 8:00pm
Sunday, October 29 2:00pm

Brown Theatre
315 West Broadway | Louisville, KY 40202

Sung in English with English supertitles
Running time approximately 3 hours

Sister Helen Prejean’s searing memoir about her work as a spiritual advisor to prisoners on Death Row inspired both an Oscar-winning movie (with Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn) and what one writer called “opera’s first big move into the real world.” Denver Post

Sentenced to be execute for a heinous crime, Joseph de Rocher can only find peace by confessing.

Be there as the murderer, the woman of God who helps him find redemption, and the families of both the victim and the killer embark on a wrenching and poignant emotional journey in what is arguably the “most successful contemporary opera of our time.” Washington Post

Not only is she blessed with a gorgeous voice...Emily Fons is quite simple "one of the best singing actresses of her generation."

–Opera News

Morgan Smith possesses "rugged good lucks, striking intelligence, charismatic stage presence...a powerful baritone of mingled velvet and steel."

–Opera News

The Cast

Sister Helen Prejean
Emily Fons*

Joseph DeRocher
Morgan Smith

Mrs. Patrick DeRocher
Phyllis Pancella*

Sister Rose
Karen Slack

Kitty Hart
Emily Albrink

Owen Hart
Chad Sloan

Father Grenville
Dennis Petersen*

Warden Benton
Evan Boyer*

Jade Boucher
Clara Nieman

Howard Boucher
Isaac Frishman

Conductor
Joseph Mechavich

Director
Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Design Team

Lighting Designer
Julie Duro

Premier Production Sponsor

Production Sponsor

Claudia
W. Muir

Conductor Sponsor

Composer Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Luis E. Prada

Cast & Creative

Joseph Mechavich
Conductor

Emily Fons*
Sister Helen Prejean

Morgan Smith
Joseph DeRocher

Phyllis Pancella*
Mrs. Patrick DeRocher

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Karen Slack
Sister Rose

Emily Albrink
Kitty Hart

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Chad Sloan
Owen Hart

Dennis Petersen*
Father Grenville

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Evan Boyer
Warden George Benton

*Kentucky Opera debut

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