I want the last thing you see in this world
to be a face of love.

Dead Man Walking makes the most concentrated impact of any piece
of American music theater since West Side Story.” – The Guardian (London).

Since its premiere in 2000, Dead Man Walking has become a modern classic, one of the most important, powerful operas ever written. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s book that inspired the movie of the same name, it tells of a nun’s journey as the spiritual advisor of a convicted murderer on Louisiana’s death row. From its shocking beginning to its emotionally searing final scene, this opera changes everyone who encounters it. Its stunning score and intense story combine into a work that “must be reckoned something of a masterpiece – a gripping, enormously skillful marriage of words and music to tell a story of love, suffering and spiritual redemption” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Parental advisory: This opera contains nudity, graphic violence, and explicit language, and is not recommended for anyone under age 18.


Sister Helen Prejean
Daniela Mack

Joseph DeRocher
Michael Mayes

Mrs. Patrick DeRocher
Susanne Mentzer

Father Grenville
Clay Hilley

Warden George Benton
Jeffrey Beruan

Sister Rose
Karen Slack

Owen Hart
Alan Dunbar

Kitty Hart
Saira Frank

 Howard Boucher
J. Adam Shelton

Jade Boucher
Jamie Van Eyck



Conductor: John DeMain

Director: Kristine McIntyre

Sung in English with projected text

Production dates:
Friday, April 25, 2014 | 8pm
Sunday, April 27, 2014 | 2:30pm

Run time:
approx. 3 hours, including one intermission

Related Events

Opera Novice: American Opera / March 28. 2014
Opera Up Close
: Dead Man Walking preview / April 13, 2014
Opera Talks: Pre-Opera lecture and Post-Opera Q&A session

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Leading up to the production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, Madison Opera will be presenting a series of special events. Check here regularly for updates!