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Performer: Karen Slack

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Karen Slack; Rachel Sterrenberg
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Atlanta Opera presents Dead Man Walking

Jamie Barton (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Jeff Roffman
Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking is credited as being the most performed 21st-century opera, and with good reason.
****1
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Arrestingly effective: Dead Man Walking at Minnesota Opera

Dennis Petersen (Father Grenville) and Catherine Martin (Sister Helen) © Cory Weaver
Dead Man Walking is currently the most frequently performed contemporary American opera. Joel Ivany's staging, first mounted in Vancouver, opened recently at Minnesota Opera just days after the opera's Spanish première in Madrid. 
****1
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Champion at Opera Parallele: strong, but no knockout

Karen Slack (Emelda Griffith) and Kenneth Kellogg (Young Emile) © Sue Gilmore
Opera Parallele's production of Terence Blanchard's Champion: An Opera in Jazz features great performances but an uneven score and spotty blocking.
***11
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A near-perfect Porgy and Bess at the Lyric Opera

The marriage between performers and score here is perfect, because Gershwin’s text-setting is near-miraculous, somehow every word is clear and seems to be naturally inflected by the curvature of the musical line.
****1
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