JAKE HEGGIE / LIBRETTO BY TERRENCE McNALLY
Dead Man Walking
LIVE IN HD
American composer Jake Heggie’s compelling masterpiece, the most widely performed new opera of the last 20 years, arrives in cinemas on October 21 in a haunting new production by Ivo van Hove. 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. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Sister Helen. The outstanding cast also features bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and legendary mezzo-soprano Susan Graham—who sang Helen Prejean in the opera’s 2000 premiere—as De Rocher’s mother. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.
English StreamText captioning is available for the Met’s transmission of Dead Man Walking here. A transcript of the transmission will also be available to view after the live performance.
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Production a gift of C. Graham Berwind, III, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Ted Snowdon and Duffy Violante, in memory of Terrence McNally, and Mrs. Diane B. Wilsey
Additional funding from Franci Neely, Denise Littlefield Sobel, in memory of Phyllis Cannon Wattis, and The H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. and Oscar Tang Endowment Fund
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Ivo van Hove
SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNER