Guilt and atonement: As his spiritual guide, Sister Helen Prejean convinces Joseph de Rocher, who has been sentenced to death, to accept responsibility for his crime. Jake Heggie’s suggestive cinematic music is based on the traditional forms of musical theatre. An attempt to react to burning questions of the times using the genre of opera.
Free introduction to the play in the cellar restaurant of the Semperoper, 45 minutes before the performance (private functions excluded).
Opera in two acts. Music by Jake Heggie. Libretto by Terrence McNally. After a novel by Sister Helen Prejean. Performed in English with German surtitles
Running time 3 hours
Premiere 07 May 2006