This week’s Opera in October features the 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, October 11 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12.
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. Opera in October can be heard on the following Iowa Public Radio Classical broadcast frequencies:
Iowa City, Cedar Rapids 91.7 Ottumwa 91.1
Cedar Falls, Waterloo 89.5 Ames, Des Moines 90.1 HD 2
Patterson, Des Moines 105.9 Dubuque, Des Moines 101.7
Pleasantville 96.3 Mitchellville 88.9
Mason City 90.7 KUNI 90.9 HD 2