Dead Man Walking

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Dead Man Walking is an opera composed by American Jake Heggie, with a libretto by playwright Terrence McNally.

The original text

Based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., the work premiered on October 7, 2000, at the War Memorial Opera House, produced by the San Francisco Opera.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2009: Presented by Cape Town Opera (16 – 30 October)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

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