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

Cast
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 5 minutes, with one intermission.  

In English with English SURTITLES™

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