Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

Opera in two acts, in English, with Hungarian and English surtitles
Hungarian premiere

Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking vividly shows the reality of the death penalty and the inner conflicts of the condemned and those who are attempting to help them. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s book recounting actual events, Heggie’s first opera has already been staged in 40 productions on five continents. Reprising his role in the work’s Hungarian premiere is the male lead from an American production: David Adam Moore prepared for the part by actually visiting the death row of the prison depicted in the piece. The Hungarian audience will get to see this contemporary opera in a concert version supplemented by a visual display created by young multi-media artists and incorporating Moore’s own documentary photographs.

By arrangement with Bent Pen Music. Sole Agent: Bill Holab Music.

This Opera was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera.


General cast

Gergely Vajda / Kornél Thomas
Helen Prejean (a young nun from Louisiana)
Andrea Meláth
Joseph De Rocher (a death row inmate at Angola State Prison)
David Adam Moore
Mrs. Patrick De Rocher (Joseph’s mother)
Katalin Károlyi
Sister Rose (co-worker and close friend to Sister Helen)
Gabriella Fodor
Howard Boucher (father of the murdered boy)
Péter Balczó
Jade Boucher (mother of the murdered boy)
Andrea Brassói-Jőrös
Owen Hart (father of the murderd girl)
Ferenc Endrész univ. stud. / Csaba Szegedi
Kitty Hart (mother of the murderd girl)
Beatrix Fodor
Father Grenville (prison chaplain)
József Mukk
George Benton (prison warden)
Antal Cseh
Older Brother (half-brother to Joseph)
Gergely Ujvári
Younger Brother (half-brother to Joseph)
Dominik Jobbágy / Rafael Abebe-Ayele
A Motor Cop / First prison guard
Róbert Rezsnyák
Second prison guard
Máté Fülep
Sister Lilianne / Sister Catherine
Sárközi Xénia
1st Inmate
János Vince
2nd Inmate
Géza Zsigmond
3rd Inmate
Attila Gulyásik
4th Inmate
Sándor Dobos
5th Inmate
Attila Fenyvesi
First Mother
Dorottya Győrffy
Mrs. Charlton
Mária Tempfli
Eszter Asbolt / Zsombor Bodó / Eszter Szakács / Benjámin Taba
Paralegal (on recording)
Arthur Roger Crane



Libretto after Sister Helen Prejean's novel of the same title
Terrence McNally
András Almási-Tóth
Visual designer
Zsombor Czeglédi / Balázs Fügedi / Norbert Tóth
Costume designer
Krisztina Lisztopád
Eszter Lázár
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki


March 12, 2020