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Work: Dead Man Walking

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ComposerHeggie, Jake (b. 1961)
Period20th century
Year2000
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ChicagoDead Man WalkingNew production

Heggie: Dead Man Walking
Nicole Paiement; Leonard Foglia; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Michael McGarty; Jess Goldstein; Patricia Racette; Ryan McKinny

GlasgowDead Man Walking

Heggie: Dead Man Walking
James Holmes; Caroline Clegg; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
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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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Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
Jake Heggie's spectacular vocal writing combine with Terence McNally's perfectly paced libretto to provide intense music drama which forces you to confront darkness.
*****
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Spanish première for Heggie's Dead Man Walking

Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Jake Heggie's story of redemption captivated the Teatro Real audience thanks to a solid cast and an effective production
****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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An unforgettable emotional experience

Kate Lindsey (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Scott Suchman for WNO
American composer Jake Heggie's early opera performed by Washington National Opera was one of those rare experiences of an opera full of raw power and wrenching emotion with superb performers that one is not likely to forget soon.
*****
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