Joyce DiDonato in Dead Man Walking

20 February 2018 / 19:00

A powerful operatic exploration of the US justice system and capital punishment given by a strong cast headed by Joyce DiDonato.

Jake Heggie’s opera written in 2000, to a libretto by Terence McNally, is based on Sister Helen Prejean’s book about her work with condemned prisoners on death row. The opera centres on the powerful relationship that developed between a convicted murderer awaiting execution, Joseph De Rocher, and the nun who fights for clemency. It put Heggie on the map as a major force in modern opera, and Dead Man Walking has received numerous revivals worldwide. Joyce DiDonato heads a magnificent, all-American cast in this semi-staged performance, and Mark Wigglesworth returns to the BBC SO to conducts an evening likely to stir up strong emotions.

Programme & Performers

Jake Heggie Dead Man Walking (UK Premiere)
Semi-staged performance

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Mark Wigglesworth conductor
Leonard Foglia director
Joyce DiDonato Sister Helen
Michael Mayes Joseph De Rocher
Maria Zifchak Ms Patrick De Rocher
Measha Bruggergosmann Sister Rose
Lucy Schaufer Jade Boucher
Toni Marsol Owen Hart
Maria Hinojosa Kitty Hart
BBC Singers


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Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican