Jake Heggie’s ‘Dead Man Walking’ by Opera on the Avalon

Dead Man Walking


Dead Man Walking is an opera in two acts which tells the journey of a Louisiana nun who becomes the spiritual advisor to a convicted murderer on Angola’s death row.

Tickets available at www.holyhearttheatre.com

Music by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Terrence McNally
Based on the novel by Sister Helen Prejean
This opera was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera

Estimated run time of 2 hours and 45 minutes including one 20 minute intermission.

Sung in English with English surtitles.

Please note: Dead Man Walking will contain brief nudity, graphic violence and explicit language.

Conductor: Judith Yan
Director: James Marvel
Scenic Designer: Holly Meyer-Dymny
Lighting Designer: Brian Kenny
Assistant Conductor: Kimberley-Ann Bartczak
Costume Designer: Fionnuala McMahon
Head of Production: Mara Bredovskis

Joseph De Rocher, a death row inmate: Morgan Smith
Sister Helen Prejean, a young nun from Louisiana: Deborah Nansteel
Sister Rose,  co-worker and close friend to Sister Helen: Brittany Robinson
Mrs. Patrick De Rocher, Joseph’s mother: Margaret Lattimore
George Benton, prison warden: César Méndez Silvagnoli
Owen Hart, father of the murdered girl: Aaron Durand
Jade Boucher, mother of the murdered boy: Beste Kalender
Kitty Hart, mother of the murdered girl: Brittany Cann
Howard Boucher, father of the murdered boy: Ryan Downey
Sister Catherine: Julie Ekker
Sister Lillianne: Marina Davis
Father Grenville, prison chaplain: Raymon Geis

For full details: operaontheavalon.com/dead-man-walking