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 HeggieDead 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
Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican