April 29 | May 2, 5, 7

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
Costume Designer: Sheila White

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

Joseph De Rocher, a death row inmate: Daniel Okulitch
Sister Helen Prejean, a young nun from Louisiana: J'Nai Bridges
Sister Rose,  co-worker and close friend to Sister Helen: Karen 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 boy: Emma Parkinson
Kitty Hart, mother of the murdered girl: Karen Ydenberg
Howard Boucher, father of the murdered boy: Michael Barrett
Sister Catherine: Heather Pawsey
Sister Lillianne: Barbara Towell 
Father Grenville, prison chaplain: J. 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

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 25 minutes, with one intermission.  

In English with English SURTITLES™

By arrangement with Bent Pen Music, Inc. Sole Agent: Bill Holab Music

Graphic Content, scene of sexual violence and course language. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.