Dead Man Walking
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Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking NYC Reviews and Tickets

(90 Ratings)
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Great singing, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the Show

The Met premiere of Jake Heggie's lauded opera based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (29)

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143 Reviews | 29 Followers
Wonderful composition and libretto, Innovative projection design, Political, Powerful, Great introduction to opera

See it if you are curious about opera conventions: characters talking to themselves, highly dramatic moments, broad themes, big chorus, violence, etc

Don't see it if you’re not open to seeing an opera: lots of vibrato, reading along, characters alone on stage thinking about an unfair/messed up world Read more

555 Reviews | 136 Followers
Gorgeous music, Powerful production, Moving

See it if you're looking for a top-notch gut punching performance of a stunning contemporary opera, with great voices and outstanding use of video.

Don't see it if you don't care for a show dealing with the topic of capital punishment, graphic depiction of brutal violence and rape, or lengthy operas.

102 Reviews | 20 Followers
Outstanding cast, Great staging, Engaging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a contemporary opera well done.

Don't see it if you do not like serious social dramas, parts are quite rough.

449 Reviews | 56 Followers
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if New Met production. Joyce DiDanto.

Don't see it if Lack emotional punch and fear.

85 Reviews | 11 Followers
Thought provoking, Challenging, Moving, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like intellectually challenging theatre. I watched this opera through tears and was mesmerized by the text, music and performances.

Don't see it if you do not want to confront difficult moral issues.

97 Reviews | 12 Followers
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy modern American opera in English with great staging and direction.

Don't see it if You prefer tradition, foreign language operas.

447 Reviews | 89 Followers
Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Heggie's haunting meditation on death & redemption gets a graphic stylized production by van Hove & is poignantly sung by DiDonato & McKinny

Don't see it if Its a "van Hove" production giving us the roving cameras, fierce close-ups & multiple projections Yet they enhance rather than intrude

171 Reviews | 56 Followers
Great orchestra, Masterful, Epic, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Modern stark monochromatic opera with Ivo van Hove's trademark use of multimedia video cameras & screens which mostly worked except for the

Don't see it if Themes of extreme violence, religion, and capital punishment may be triggering for some. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
September 27th, 2023

“In two acts and at two-and-a-half hours, it is also too long. Scenes almost inevitably outstay their welcomes...And, despite the powerful feelings ceaselessly on display, the opera never quite finds its way to riveting drama or tight conflict”
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The Wall Street Journal
October 3rd, 2023

“The production supplied some of the weight and interiority that the opera itself lacks. The libretto carries the story; Mr. Heggie’s music doesn’t create or develop characters, relying instead on a noisy, propulsive orchestra and multiple climaxes.”
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The Observer
October 2nd, 2023

“Despite my issues with this production, Heggie and McNally’s piece has a lot of the right ingredients for sticking around: clear musical ideas, with a score that references popular styles without losing its own identity and strong vocal writing, a balanced and well-paced story and a timely set of ethical questions that deal deftly in ambivalence.”
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The Washington Post
September 27th, 2023

“Something about it felt, well, unjust — as though the lurid precision of De Rocher’s execution compromised the carefully constructed and gracefully composed world of Heggie’s music. And perhaps this was the point: to paint the justice meted out by the American prison system as no less violent or gratuitous than the crime itself. Despite how correct that may be, it still felt utterly wrong — though if life were fair, we would have no need for faith.”
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September 27th, 2023

“While the production leaves a lot to be desired, it’s impossible not to appreciate the big swings it takes. More importantly, it’s the vessel through which a work like ‘Dead Man Walking’ and its amazing cast are allowed to take the Met stage.”
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