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Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking poignantly reveals the reality of the death penalty, as well as the internal conflicts of the condemned prisoners and those who resist social pressure in order to help them. The San Francisco Opera commissioned Heggie to write his first opera based on the actual events related in Sister Helen Prejean’s world-famous book. This was also the first opera libretto created by dramatist and musical librettist Terrence McNally, who is also credited with Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Full Monty. The critics hailed the work enthusiastically for its courageous portrayal of both the convict and his family and the justice of the point of view of the parents of the victims.

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

This Opera was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera.

Conductor
Gergely Vajda
Helen Prejean (a young nun from Louisiana
Andrea Meláth
Joseph De Rocher (a death row inmate at Angola State Prison)
David Adam Moore
Older Brother (half-brother to Joseph)
Katalin Károlyi
Sister Rose (co-worker and close friend to Sister Helen)
Gabriella Fodor
Howard Boucher (father of the murderd boy)
Péter Balczó
Jade Boucher (mother of the murderd boy)
Andrea Brassói-Jőrös
Owen Hart (father of the murdered girl)
Csaba Szegedi / Ferenc Endrész univ. stud. / Zoltán Nagy
Kitty Hart (mother of the murderd girl)
Beatrix Fodor
Father Grenville (prison chaplain)
József Mukk
George Benton (prison warden)
Antal Cseh
Mrs. Patrick De Rocher
Gergely Ujvári
Younger Brother (half-brother to Joseph)
Rafael Abebe-Ayele / Dominik Jobbágy
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
Fenyvesi Attila
First Mother
Dorottya Győrffy
Mrs. Charlton
Mária Tempfli
Ghosts
Eszter Szakács / Zsombor Bodó
Paralegal (on recording)
Arthur Roger Crane
 
AUTHORS
 
Libretto after Sister Helen Prejean's novel of the same title
Terrence McNally
Director
András Almási-Tóth
Visual designer
Norbert Tóth / Balázs Fügedi / Zsombor Czeglédi
Costume designer
Krisztina Lisztopád
Choreographer
Eszter Lázár
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki
Head of the Children’s Chorus
Nikolett Hajzer
Hungarian surtitles based on Diána Eszter Mátrai's translation by
András Almási-Tóth
Language coach
Arthur Roger Crane

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