Program


Ments meg, Uram!

Ments meg, Uram!

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

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
Helen Prejean (a young nun from Louisiana
Joseph De Rocher (a death row inmate at Angola State Prison)
Older Brother (half-brother to Joseph)
Sister Rose (co-worker and close friend to Sister Helen)
Howard Boucher (father of the murderd boy)
Jade Boucher (mother of the murderd boy)
Owen Hart (father of the murdered girl)
Kitty Hart (mother of the murderd girl)
Father Grenville (prison chaplain)
George Benton (prison warden)
Mrs. Patrick De Rocher
Younger Brother (half-brother to Joseph)
A Motor Cop / First prison guard
Second prison guard
Sister Lilianne / Sister Catherine
1st Inmate
2nd Inmate
3rd Inmate
4th Inmate
5th Inmate
First Mother
Mrs. Charlton
Paralegal (on recording)
 
AUTHORS
 
Libretto after Sister Helen Prejean's novel of the same title
Costume designer
Choreographer
Chorus director
Head of the Children’s Chorus
Hungarian surtitles based on Diána Eszter Mátrai's translation by
Language coach

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