"Dead Man Walking" Airs on Arias in April This Week

Apr 8, 2015

This week’s Arias in April features Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera as part of their 42nd Festival Season, airing at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12.

Baritone David Adam Moore as Joseph De Rocher and Mezzo soprano Elise Quagliata as Sister Helen Prejean share a moment in Heggie's "Dead Man Walking."
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Heggie’s work, based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, tells the story of a nun acting as a spiritual guide to a death-row inmate who was found guilty of murder. It offers a haunting inside look at capital punishment in America. Mezzo soprano Elise Quagliata portrays Sister Helen and baritone David Adam Moore sings the role of inmate Joseph De Rocher.