"Music with echoes of Bernstein, Barber, blues and Broadway...a work of immense dramatic power."
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
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 executed 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."
Morgan Smith possesses "rugged good looks, striking intelligence, charismatic stage presence...a powerful baritone of mingled velvet and steel."
Sister Helen Prejean
Mrs. Patrick DeRocher
Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*
Premier Production Sponsor
Mr. & Mrs. Luis E. Prada
Cast & Creative
*Kentucky Opera debut