Dead Man Walking

Jake Heggie

Dead Man Walking

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Overview

American composer Jake Heggie’s 21st-century masterpiece, the most widely performed new opera of the last 20 years, has its highly anticipated Met premiere, in Ivo van Hove’s second new staging of the season. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer, Dead Man Walking matches the high drama of its subject with Heggie’s beautiful and poignant music and a brilliant libretto by Tony and Emmy Award–winner Terrence McNally. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this landmark premiere, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Helen Prejean. The outstanding cast also features baritone Etienne Dupuis as the condemned Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and legendary mezzo-soprano Susan Graham—who sang Prejean in the opera’s 2000 premiere—as De Rocher’s mother.

Music by Jake Heggie, libretto by Terrence McNally
Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean

Production a gift of Ann and Gordon Getty, and Diane B. Wilsey

Additional funding from Franci Neely, and The H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD. and Oscar Tang Endowment Fund

 

Languages

Languages sung in Dead Man Walking

Sung In

English

Titles

Title languages displayed for Dead Man Walking

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Dead Man Walking

Estimated Run Time

2 hrs 49 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I

    77 mins

  • Intermission

    28 mins

  • Act II

    64 mins

  • Opera Ends

Creators

PRODUCTION

Ivo van Hove

SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNER

Jan Versweyveld

COSTUME DESIGNER

An D’Huys

PROJECTION DESIGNER

Christopher Ash

Jake Heggie

Composer

Jake Heggie

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