Joyce DiDonato in Dead Man Walking

20 February 2018 / 19:00

Joyce DiDonato leads a magnificent all-American cast as Sister Helen Prejean in the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s powerful operatic exploration of the US justice system and capital punishment.

Written in 2000 to a libretto by Terence McNally, Dead Man Walking 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. Mark Wigglesworth returns to the BBC SO to conduct an evening likely to stir up strong emotions.

Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.

Programme & Performers

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

Age guidance 16+

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
Finchley Children's Music Group
BBC Singers


Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican

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