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Met Live Opera season debuts with 'Dead Man Walking' Oct. 21 & 25


Jake Heggie’s powerful work ‘Dead Man Walking’ has its highly anticipated Met premiere in a new production by Ivo van Hove. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars as Sister Helen, and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny stars as the death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher. (Courtesy/ SIFF)

Jake Heggie’s powerful work ‘Dead Man Walking’ has its highly anticipated Met premiere in a new production by Ivo van Hove. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars as Sister Helen, and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny stars as the death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher. (Courtesy/ SIFF)


Originally Published: October 18, 2023 1:26 p.m.

The Mary D. Fisher Theatre is honored to continue to be the home for the Met Live Opera programs for the 2023-2024 season, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.

The season will officially kick off with Jake Heggie’s ‘Dead Man Walkng’ live via simulcast on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. and the encore presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m.

Plan to come early as John Steinbrunner will lead a pre-opera talk one hour before the LIVE production on Saturday.

Jake Heggie’s powerful work has its highly anticipated Met premiere in a new production by Ivo van Hove. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer, ‘Dead Man Walking’ matches the high drama of its subject with Heggie’s poignant music and a libretto by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Terrence McNally.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Sister Helen. The cast also features bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham — who sang Helen Prejean in the opera’s 2000 premiere — as De Rocher’s mother.

Content Advisory: Dead Man Walking contains a depiction of a rape and murder, as well as other adult themes and strong language.

The 2023-2024 Met Live Opera season in Sedona is generously sponsored by Bea Hanks, Chris Fladlien and Jim Dunne. The season is dedicated in loving memory to Marc DuCharme.

The pre-opera talks will take place one hour before the live Saturday simulcast.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for Film Festival members, and $15 for students. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit SedonaFilmFestival.org.