Dead Man Walking

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Tickets will go on Sale August 1, 2017 at 10am

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

"The most compelling new American opera in decades."

–Associated Press

One of the most performed contemporary American operas, Dead Man Walking explores the spiritual journey of a nun who advises a convicted killer on death row. From the composer of Three Decembers, Kentucky Opera presents Jake Heggie’s first opera, based on the best-selling book by Sister Helen Prejean, with a libretto by Tony®-Award winner Terrence McNally. Exploring the complexity of redemption and forgiveness in the face of society’s demand for retribution, Dead Man Walking was made into an award-winning film in 1995 starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. The Guardian (London) raves “Heggie is an unabashed melodist. His music is rich and emotionally charged, and carries enormous atmospheric power.”

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*

Conductor
Joseph Mechavich

Director
Ellen Douglas Schlaefer*

Design Team

Lighting Designer
Julie Duro

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

Chad Sloan
Owen Hart

Dennis Petersen*
Father Grenville

Evan-Boyer-Dead-Man-Walking

Evan Boyer*
Warden Benton

*Kentucky Opera debut

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