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‘Dead Man Walking’ Opens Metropolitan Opera’s HD Series


(Credit: Karen Almond) The Metropolitan Opera is set to open its 2023–24 Live in HD season with Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” on Oct. 21, 2023. The opera is based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir which sees the nun fight for the soul of a condemned murderer on death row. The production is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguinand stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Latonia Moore on ‘Dead Man Walking, ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ & Taking Her Career into Her Own Hands


This past week Latonia Moore opened the Metropolitan Opera season for the third time in her career, singing the role of  Sister Rose in “Dead Man Walking.” Moore has become one of the most acclaimed Met stars in the past years following powerful turns in “Porgy and Bess,” “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” and “Aida.” She has been praised {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Review: Dead Man Walking


(Credit: Karen Almond) The Metropolitan Opera re-opened its doors on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, with a new production of “Dead Man Walking” by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally. The production kicks off a major initiative for the company. Last year, the Met announced that due to the success of contemporary works, including “The Hours,” it would invest more potently on {…}


Samuel Schultz Calls Out Metropolitan Opera & Susan Graham for ‘Dead Man Walking’


Baritone Samuel Schultz is calling out the Metropolitan Opera for opening the season with “Dead Man Walking” and casting Susan Graham. Schultz took to social media and said, “The Metropolitan Opera opens this season with Dead Man Walking, an opera that explores a nun’s push to remove the death penalty for a convicted rapist/murderer. In the story, the victims are {…}


Metropolitan Opera & Metrograph Team Up to Present Oscar Winning Film ‘Dead Man Walking’


The Metropolitan Opera and the Metrograph are teaming up for a presentation of the Oscar-winning film “Dead Man Walking.” The screening is being presented as a preamble to the premiere of the Met Opera’s new production of the American composer Jack Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking.” The film will be screened at the Metrograph on Sept. 24 and will include a {…}


Joyce DiDonato & Susan Graham Lead Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Dead Man Walking’


The Metropolitan Opera is set to open its 2023-24 season with the company premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking.” The opera opens on Sept. 26 and will be performed nine times. Ivo van Hove directs the production with a cast that includes Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen, Ryan McKinny as Joseph De Rocher, Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and Susan Graham {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Latonia Moore on ‘Aida,’ Racial Equality in the Opera World, ‘Dead Man Walking’ & COVID-19


The moment Latonia Moore stepped onstage during the Opening Night performance of “Porgy and Bess,” launching the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019-20 season, the audience was mesmerized. The soprano stole the show with her potent rendition of “My man’s gone now.” She received arguably the most applause of the evening and critics praised her for her “intensity.” Moore made her Met debut {…}


Opera in the Time of COVID: Jake Heggie, Iconic Opera Composer of ‘Dead Man Walking,’ ‘Moby Dick’


(Credit: Frances Marshall) “Opera in the Time of COVID” is an interview series in collaboration with photographer Frances Marshall of Marshall Light Studio. We talk to notable figures from around the opera world to get their perspective on how they feel these challenging times may change opera’s present and future. Jake Heggie is one of the renowned opera composers of {…}

Opera Meets Film

Opera Meets Film: How the Murder’s Portrayal Alters the Emotional Impact of Both Versions of ‘Dead Man Walking’


(Credit Javier del Real / Gramercy Pictures) “Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a section or a film in its entirety, highlighting the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment features “Dead Man Walking.” Over the last few years, Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s “Dead Man Walking” has become a major staple of the international opera repertory, one of the few 21st century operas to really own such a valuable distinction. And it isn’t hard to see why. Based on a true story, the {…}