Wednesday December 13, 2017 2:24 pm


YOUR GATEWAY TO OPERA AND CLASSICAL MUSIC
FANFAIRE celebrates JAKE HEGGIE
A WHALE OF A COMPOSER!
DEADMAN WALKING
THE WORLD PREMIERE
The real-life story
of a nun’s arduous journey
through the labyrinth
of crime and punishment

that became a best-selling book,

then an award-winning movie

is now an OPERA!

DEAD MAN WALKING
a World Premiere

commissioned by:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

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With music composed by JAKE HEGGIE and conducted by PATRICK SUMMERS, 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)

And 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 NICOLLE 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.

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Stage 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 a Tickets 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 viewers.)

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