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A Celebration of the Vocal and Theatrical Arts

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 29 | May 2, 5 at 7:30pm
May 7 at 2:00pm

Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Director: Joel Ivany
Scenic & Projection Designer: Erhard Rom
Lighting Designer: Gerald King
Chorus Director/Assistant Conductor: Kinza Tyrrell

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

Joseph De Rocher, a death row inmateDaniel Okulitch
Sister Helen Prejean, a young nun from Louisiana: J'nai Bridges
Sister Rose,  co-worker and close friend to Sister HelenKaren Slack
Mrs. Patrick De Rocher, Joseph’s mother: Judith Forst
George Benton, prison warden: Charles Robert Austin 
Owen Hart, father of the murdered girl: Thomas Goerz 
Jade Boucher, mother of the murdered boyEmma Parkinson
Kitty Hart, mother of the murdered girl: Karen Ydenberg
Howard Boucher, father of the murdered boyMichael Barrett 
Sister Catherine: Heather Pawsey
Sister Lillianne: Barbara Towell 
Father Grenville, prison chaplainJ. Patrick Raftery 
First Mother: Dionne Sellinger
Mrs. Charlton: Heather Molloy
Motorcycle Cop: Willy Miles-Grenzberg
Prison Guard 1: Willy Miles-Grenzberg 
Prison Guard 2: DJ Calhoun
Five Solo Inmates: Frédérik Robert, Peter Alexander, Adam Kozak, Kevin Armstrong, Angus Bell  
Older Brother, half brother to Joseph: Spencer Britten
A paralegal: Julia Rooney

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About Dead Man Walking
Based on the bestselling memoir by Sister Helen Prejean, this popular opera chronicles the story of a convicted Louisiana murderer who is befriended by a Catholic nun seeking to understand the nature of divine forgiveness. Prejean's memoir was the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. With a brilliant libretto by Terrance McNally and a dramatic and incredibly lyric musical setting by Jake Heggie—widely considered one of the great living opera composers—the work's moral complexity, emotional depth make Dead Man Walking a standout of contemporary opera.

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, with one intermission.  

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