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By Giuseppe Verdi
January 20 & 22, 2017
Performed in Italian with English Supertitles at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre
A tragic tale of forbidden love, Aïda follows the struggle of the Ethiopian princess, Aïda, and the young Egyptian warrior, Radamès, to decide between love or loyalty to their countries.
The Florida Premiere of
DEAD MAN WALKING
By Jake Heggie
March 17 & 19, 2017
Performed in English at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre
* For mature audiences due to graphic content and profanity.
Experience one of the most gripping and important operas of the new century.
Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s book (also the source for the blockbuster film) about her experiences as a spiritual adviser to prisoners on Death Row, Dead Man Walking is a “masterpiece of words, music, and emotions.” The New York Times
It opens with the brutal murder of two teenagers by Joseph de Rocher. It ends with his execution, Sister Helen at his side. In between, a searing emotional journey. A woman of God struggles to find humanity in a brutal criminal. A murderer is forced to confront and acknowledge his heinous act. And two families—those of the murdered and of the murderer—poignantly reveal that there are many victims of an unspeakable crime.
NPR: 'Dead Man Walking' Sings Again "...Heggie's brilliance ensures that his opera, in all of its abundant musical beauty and genuine emotional poignance, is a worthy addition to the repertoire."
Dead Man Walking takes on very loaded, contemporary topics. Were you worried that it might not appeal to a broad audience?
Heggie: I've been asked many times, "Don't you think an opera about the death penalty is a bad idea?" And I say, "Well, yeah, I do, actually! I think that would be a really dull opera." And our goal in writing Dead Man Walking was not to make a documentary or a biography or to re-create the movie on stage. It was not about creating Sister Helen's true-life story or any of the true-life stories that we see, and it's not a soapbox for a political issue. It's not. It's about human beings on an amazing journey and people from rather ordinary circumstances thrown into an extraordinary circumstance dealing with the most incredible conflicts and the most intense pain, and how we make it through that pain. And how the hardest journey that any of us takes in our lives is forgiveness. It's the hardest thing to do. It's the hardest thing we do as people - to forgive and to find that peace and that space in our hearts. I'll tell you one thing I learned about when I was doing all the characters in this story, and that is nobody is wrong to feel what they feel. No one's feelings are wrong. Their feelings just are and it's how you deal with your feelings and other people's feelings to find the right way and the way that's best for everybody. We're not trying to preach; we're not trying to go one way or the other. We're giving perspectives from everybody.