In her first operatic engagement of 2018, Joyce DiDonato brings her signature portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s emotionally gripping work Dead Man Walking to premiere venues in Madrid and London. She previously starred in the role to tremendous acclaim at Houston Grand Opera:
“… her extraordinary mix of vibrancy, gravity and exacting nuance amounted to a portrayal that easily ranked with her finest work.” (The New York Times)
Ms. DiDonato can be seen as Sister Helen from January 26 – February 9 in the premiere performances of the piece at the Teatro Real, with Michael Mayes as Joseph DeRocher and Maria Zifchak as Mrs. DeRocher. Mark Wigglesworth leads the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real for these performances, which feature a production by Leonard Foglia originally seen at New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera. The cast and Maestro Wiggleworth then travel to London, for a semi-staged performance of the work at the Barbican on February 20 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, and Finchley Children’s Music Group. The event, which is the UK premiere of Dead Man Walking, is featured as part of the venue’s series “The Art of Change” which explores the ways artists reflect on, respond to and inspire and effect change in the world.