classical music, opera, theatre

Jake Heggie: Dead Man Walking

one interval
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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The story - well known from the book, stage play and multi-award-winning film versions made of it - that Jake Heggie used for his first opera is based on actual events around the relationship between Sister Helen Prejean, who is fighting to abolish the death penalty, and the murderer awaiting execution on death row. The high-impact opera has toured the world since its 2000 premiere and now will be staged at the Met, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting and Joyce DiDonato in the role of the Catholic nun who was portrayed in the film by Susan Sarandon.

Like the story, the opera itself may already be familiar to the Hungarian audience, as it was also staged in Budapest in 2020, so we can already know from this that Heggie is a true opera composer with a strong dramatic sense, one who has created a contemporary classic in collaboration with his Tony and Emmy award-winning librettist Terrence McNally. The opera, an unsettling work that challenges viewers to examine their positions, had its New York premiere delayed by the pandemic and will now be staged by Belgian director Ivo van Hove - who will also be making his Met debut with Don Giovanni during the 2022/23 season - for audiences both inside the theatre and around the globe. At the side of Joyce DiDonato, the jewel of the production, we will find one of the most skilled performers of the role of the murderer forced to face his crime and his punishment: the physically and vocally imposing bass-baritone Ryan McKinny. In two smaller but still crucial roles, we will get to see and hear both Latonia Moore, whose work in several American operas has already gained her many admirers, and American national treasure Susan Graham, who sang Sister Helen at the San Francisco world premiere of Dead Man Walking.

The performance is not recommended for audiences under the age of 18.
Content Advisory: Dead Man Walking contains a depiction of a rape and murder, as well as other adult themes and strong language.

The superior quality broadcasts in Müpa Budapest are screened in the original language with Hungarian and English subtitles.

The ‘Metropolitan Opera Live in HD' transmissions have been made possible through the cooperation of our partner, s.r.o.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Sister Rose
    Latonia Moore
  • Sister Helen Prejean
    Joyce DiDonato
  • Mrs Patrick De Rocher
    Susan Graham
  • Joseph De Rocher
    Ryan McKinny
  • The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
  • Libretto
    Terrence McNally
  • Set design, lighting
    Jan Versweyveld
  • Costumes
    An D'Huys
  • Projections
    Christopher Ash
  • Sound design
    Tom Gibbons
  • Director
    Ivo van Hove

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