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Dead Man Walking

Friday, February 27 | Sunday, March 1 ~ 2015

SCHUSTER CENTER DIRECTIONS

   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

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Single tickets:  $38 | $68 | $89 | $94

Music by JAKE HEGGIE WEBSITE
Libretto by TERRENCE McNALLY WEBSITE
From the book by SISTER HELEN PREJEAN WEBSITE 

JEROME SHANNON* conductor
GARY BRIGGLE stage director

CATHERINE MARTIN* mezzo-soprano – Sister Helen Prejean
Joseph De Rocher – to be announced
MARGARET GAWRYSIAK* mezzo-soprano – Mrs. De Rocher
MINNITA DANIEL-COX* soprano – Sister Rose
THOMAS HAMMONS bass-baritone – Warden George Benton
GARY BRIGGLE tenor – Father Grenville
JOSHUA WHEEKER* – 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 PHILHARMONIC

*Dayton Opera debut

IN ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
For Mature Audiences

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The Friday, February 27 performance is an Encore! young professional event.

concert_1415_OP3Dead 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 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 Prejean 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 Midwest 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. Please watch this webpage for further announcements.

THANK YOU 


DPAA Innovation Partner DP&L Foundation – Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts WEBSITE
Associate Sponsor
Janet and Vernon Fernandes
Associate Sponsor Crowne Plaza Dayton WEBSITE 
Supporting Sponsor Jon and Diana Sebaly
Supporting Sponsor 10 Wilmington Place WEBSITE
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

ANNUAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Culture Works, Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District, and the Ohio Arts Council

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