Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Minnesota Opera, and MinnPost will explore the death penalty, social justice, and forgiveness in a unique format featuring a panel discussion and selected performances from the upcoming opera Dead Man Walking.
“Justice, Redemption, and Empathy: The Opera of Dead Man Walking” will be held Wednesday, January 10 at 7pm in the Mitchell Hamline Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
The opera is based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir of providing spiritual guidance to a condemned Louisiana murderer before his execution, and inspired the Oscar-winning movie of the same name. Minnesota Opera will perform Dead Man Walking in late January and early February.
- Please note: Parking is available in the law school’s main parking lot (northwest corner of Summit and Victoria). There is also parking in the Mitchell Hamline surface overflow parking lot that is located at Summit Avenue and Grotto Street, two blocks east of the school. There is also ample on-street parking.
Dead Man Walking | Jake Heggie
A modern classic.
The most performed new opera of the 21st century, this heartbreaking story of grief, grace, and redemption is a modern classic. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir that inspired the Oscar-winning movie of the same name, it recounts her courageous struggle to provide spiritual guidance to a condemned Louisiana murderer in the months leading up to his execution. With a powerful libretto by four-time Tony Award® winner Terrence McNally and lyrical music by Jake Heggie—praised as one of the great living opera composers—Dead Man Walking has moved audiences worldwide since its premiere.
Preliminary runtime of 2 hours and 43 minutes, including one intermission.
Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.
Dead Man Walking contains adult content. Discretion advised.
M-Th: 10am-5pm, F: 10am-2pm