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Pensacola Opera Presents: “Dead Man Walking”

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 2:00 pm

The Florida Premiere of Pensacola Presents Dead Man Walking


By Jake Heggie

Performed in English

* For mature audiences due to graphic content and profanity.

When the young Sister Helen Prejean agrees to write to a convict on Death Row, her life is forever changed. As society’s demand for retribution and vengeance attempts to find resolution through the Christian ideals of love and forgiveness, we follow Sister Helen’s emotionally powerful journey. One of the most gripping and important operas of the new century, Heggie’s Dead Man Walking is filled with incredibly beautiful music of cinematic proportion.


NPR: 'Dead Man Walking' Sings Again "...Heggie's brilliance ensures that his opera, in all of its abundant musical beauty and genuine emotional poignance, is a worthy addition to the repertoire."


PBS: And Then One Night, The Making of 'Dead Man Walking':

Dead Man Walking takes on very loaded, contemporary topics. Were you worried that it might not appeal to a broad audience?
Heggie: I've been asked many times, "Don't you think an opera about the death penalty is a bad idea?" And I say, "Well, yeah, I do, actually! I think that would be a really dull opera." And our goal in writing Dead Man Walking was not to make a documentary or a biography or to re-create the movie on stage. It was not about creating Sister Helen's true-life story or any of the true-life stories that we see, and it's not a soapbox for a political issue. It's not. It's about human beings on an amazing journey and people from rather ordinary circumstances thrown into an extraordinary circumstance dealing with the most incredible conflicts and the most intense pain, and how we make it through that pain. And how the hardest journey that any of us takes in our lives is forgiveness. It's the hardest thing to do. It's the hardest thing we do as people - to forgive and to find that peace and that space in our hearts. I'll tell you one thing I learned about when I was doing all the characters in this story, and that is nobody is wrong to feel what they feel. No one's feelings are wrong. Their feelings just are and it's how you deal with your feelings and other people's feelings to find the right way and the way that's best for everybody. We're not trying to preach; we're not trying to go one way or the other. We're giving perspectives from everybody.


Tickets start at $25*

*Plus applicable service fees


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