Broadcasts by the Houston Grand Opera continue at noon this Saturday, November 5, with a performance of Dead Man Walking by composer Jake Heggie, with a libretto in English by Terrence McNally, based on the novel by Sister Helen Prejean. The performance will run approximately two hours and forty minutes.
A story of compassion and redemption, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking has played to sold-out houses across the U.S. and Europe in the decade since its premiere.
Joseph De Rocher, sung by Philip Cutlip, leads a lonely life on death row until Sister Helen Prejean, sung by Joyce DiDonato arrives as his spiritual advisor. Legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade marks her farewell to the operatic stage her appearance as De Rocher’s mother and Measha Brueggergosman makes her Houston Grand Opera debut as Sister Rose. Patrick Summers — who conducted the opera’s world premiere a decade ago as well as the acclaimed recording on Erato — conducts.
LISTENER ADVISORY: Please note that this broadcast contains language and content that may not be suitable for younger audiences or which may be offensive to some listeners.