Evanston - 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Jake Heggie, composer; Michael M. Ehrman, director; Michael Sakir, conductor; Donald Nally, chorus master; Robert McConnell, graduate student conductor; University Chorale and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra
Fully staged Chicago-area premiere!
The Guardian of London declares, “Dead Man Walking makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” Based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, the opera tells the story of a nun’s journey as spiritual advisor to Joseph De Rocher, a convicted murderer on death row at Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Premiered by the San Francisco Opera in 2000, this powerful tale of suffering and redemption, from its wrenching beginning to its emotionally charged conclusion, leaves a lasting impression on all who encounter it. Parental advisory: This performance contains adult situations, graphic violence, and explicit language.
Following this performance, join us for a post-show discussion. Leigh Bienen (Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law) and Robert C. Owen (Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law), together with members of the artistic staff and cast, lead a discussion of topics raised in Dead Man Walking.