8:00 pm Friday, February 27, 2015
3:00 pm Sunday, March 1, 2015
Pre-performance Talk one hour before performances in the Mead Theatre
Pre-performance Opera Bites before performances in the Wintergarden
Senior & Military Discounts available walkup at Schuster Box Office
$15 Student Rush day of performance: best available seats
Opera Preludes pre-performance talk: Dr. Sam Dorf
Music by JAKE HEGGIE WEBSITE Libretto by TERRENCE McNALLY WEBSITE From the book by SISTER HELEN PREJEANWEBSITE
For Mature Audiences CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT FOR LANGUAGE, SITUATION & BRIEF NUDITY
JEROME SHANNON* conductor
GARY BRIGGLE stage director
CATHERINE MARTIN* mezzo-soprano – Sister Helen Prejean
ZACHARY GORDIN* baritone – Joseph De Rocher WEBSITE MARGARET GAWRYSIAK* mezzo-soprano – Mrs. De Rocher
MINNITA DANIEL-COX* soprano – Sister Rose
THOMAS HAMMONS bass-baritone – Warden George Benton
STEVEN SANDERS* tenor – Father Grenville
JOSHUA WHEEKER* tenor – Howard Boucher
RYU-KYUNG KIM mezzo-soprano – Jade Boucher
ANDREA CHENOWETH soprano – Kitty Hart
JEFF BYRNES* baritone – Owen Hart
ERRIK HOOD* baritone - Motorcycle Cop/1st Guard
AMANDA FINK mezzo-soprano – Sister Lillianne
SARA SCHABAS soprano – Sister Catherine
*Dayton Opera debut
IN ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
The Friday, February 27 performance is an Encore! young professional event.
Dead Man Walking is a stunning, thought-provoking opera . . . but in many ways it is so much more.
Before it was an opera, it was a highly lauded, award-winning movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Before it was a movie, it was a groundbreaking, bestselling book by Sister Helen Prejean, member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. But before that, it was a stormy spiritual journey involving a Catholic nun, a murderer on death row, the victims of his unthinkable actions, and society at large. For Sister Helen and many others, it is a journey that continues today.
In fact, the debate surrounding the opera's main theme is in the news in Ohio and elsewhere in the nation and speaks to our collective view on justice, compassion, the American legal system, and our role as citizens.
At the outset, Sister Helen was simply following her mission: to provide spiritual help to a prisoner. But her own deeper realization came about as she was confronted with the actuality of how the prisoner's crime tore families asunder. She also found herself becoming painfully aware of the legal and societal process that put people on death row.
With stunning music by Jake Heggie and a magnificent libretto by Terrence McNally, this opera taps into one of the core issues of our day and the whirlwind of emotions that surround it. Whether you've thought about the death penalty or not, this opera is sure to open a path to your heart, soul and mind. After all, isn't that is what great art is all about?
This is the first Ohio performance of the opera in a decade and a truly rare experience. Don’t miss the Dayton Opera premiere of Dead Man Walking.
We are pleased to partner with the University of Dayton and its unique and innovative Rites. Rights. Writes.campus-wide initiative for this performance and throughout the 2014–2015 season.
DPAA Innovation PartnerDP&L Foundation – Powering Innovation in the Performing ArtsWEBSITE Overture Sponsor Bill and Jackie Lockwood Family Foundation
Associate Sponsor Janet and Vernon Fernandes
Associate Sponsor Crowne Plaza Dayton WEBSITE Supporting Sponsor Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. WEBSITE Supporting Sponsor Rion, Rion & Rion, L.P.A., Inc. WEBSITE Supporting Sponsor Jon and Diana Sebaly
Supporting Sponsor 10 Wilmington Place WEBSITE Supporting Sponsor Anonymous
Official Cast Party Host Dayton Racquet Club WEBSITE Orchestral Music provided by The Jesse Philips Opera Fund of The Dayton Foundation WEBSITE Dayton Opera Media Partner Discover Classical 88.1 & 89.9 FM WEBSITE Official Data Provider of the Dayton Opera and DPO DataYard WEBSITE DPAA Communications Partner One Call Now WEBSITE Official Candy of the Dayton Opera Esther Price Candies WEBSITE Surtitles provided by The Opera Guild of Dayton WEBSITE