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Dead Man Walking: The Book, The Movie, The Play, The Opera

"I told Jake Heggie, I don't know boo scoot about opera." Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean

“I didn’t really talk to Terrence McNally much. I knew he was a great playwright and he’s really changed the shaping of the story from the movie in very moving ways.”

“I asked only one, well two things of the composer Jake Heggie. First, that the theme of redemption be very important and second that the music not be atonal and, you know, not memorable.”

Sister Helen Prejean

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Dead Man Walking

opera by Jake Heggie with libretto by Terrence McNally based on Sister Helen Prejean's book. Conductor, David Neely, stage director Jose Maria Condemi, set designer Steven Kemp, costume designer Linda Pisano


IU Musical Arts Center

October 16,17, 23 and 24, 2015

George Walker

While completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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