American composer Jake Heggie’s compelling masterpiece, the most widely performed new opera of the last 20 years, 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 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.
Content Advisory: Dead Man Walking contains a depiction of a rape and murder, as well as other adult themes and strong language.
Dead Man Walking is sung in English with English subtitles.
A screening of the broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Season in New York.
Duration 2 hours 50 minutes, including 1 interval.
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