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Stage on Screen

Met Opera Live: Dead Man Walking

Stage on Screen is The Roxy’s ongoing series of the world’s greatest contemporary theatrical performances, from the Metropolitan Opera to London’s National Theatre to the Bolshoi Ballet and beyond, projected on the big screen.

American composer Jake Heggie’s masterpiece, the most widely performed new opera of the last 20 years, has its highly anticipated Met premiere, in a haunting new production by Ivo van Hove. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer, Dead Man Walking matches the high drama of its subject with Heggie’s beautiful and poignant music and a brilliant libretto by Terrence McNally. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for this landmark premiere, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Sister Helen. The outstanding cast also features bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and legendary mezzo-soprano Susan Graham—who sang Helen Prejean in the opera’s 2000 premiere—as De Rocher’s mother.

Dead Man Walking contains adult themes and strong language. Parental discretion advised.
Cast: Joyce DiDonato, Ryan McKinny, Susan Graham, Latonia Moore
Director: Ivo van Hove
Written by: Terrence McNally
Duration: 175 min
Genre: Drama
Music: Jake Heggie

Stage on Screen

Met Opera Live: Dead Man Walking

Met Opera Live: Dead Man Walking