music composed by Jake
Heggie and conducted by Patrick
two of the most gifted young musicians in America today, this uniquely
American contemporary drama based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean
takes on a new dimension.
War Memorial Opera House
October 7, 10, 13, 17, 19, 22, 25, 28 (2000)
with the libretto written by award-winning playwright and opera
lover Terrence McNally and performances
by two of today's celebrated mezzo-sopranos - Susan
Graham (creating the role of Sister Helen) and Frederica
von Stade (as the inmate's mother), and two
of America's fast-rising young singers - baritone John Packard
(as the inmate Joe de Rocher) and Soprano
Foland (as the victim's mother) -
Dead Man Walking, the opera has all the elements
that make up a one-of-a-kind musical and theatrical experience.
direction is by Joe Mantello and set design is by Michael Yeargan.
The work, commissioned by San Francisco Opera as part of General
Director Lotfi Mansouri's Pacific
Visions program for replenishing the opera repertory,
is yet another testament to the coming of age of American Opera.
(In the month before the premiere, FanFaire held
to the OPERA Raffle
sponsored by San Francisco Opera during which three pairs of orchestra
tickets to Dead Man Walking were given away to three FanFaire
funding for Dead Man Walking
is provided by Mrs. Paul L. Wattis and by the support of The Chase
Global Private Bank with additional funding by The Carlyle Fund,
The Howard Gilman Foundation, and the National Endowment for the