Dayton Opera


"The Performance was seamless. As Sister Helen, Catherine Martin's remarkable vocal powers brought her character, and the opera to life. She is a beautiful and young American Mezzo-Soprano well on her way to a brilliant career. She dominates nearly every scene. Her vocal line gives musical meaning to the words...Her vocal powers sustained her complex character. She is a Star." 

-The Oakwood Register

Encore Article...

Dead Man Walking is a stunning, thought-provoking opera . . . but in many ways it is so much more. 

Before it was an opera, it was a highly lauded, award-winning movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Before it was a movie, it was a groundbreaking, bestselling book by Sister Helen Prejean, member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. But before that, it was a stormy spiritual journey involving a Catholic nun, a murderer on death row, the victims of his unthinkable actions, and society at large. For Sister Helen and many others, it is a journey that continues today. 

In fact, the debate surrounding the opera's main theme is in the news in Ohio and elsewhere in the nation and speaks to our collective view on justice, compassion, the American legal system, and our role as citizens. 

At the outset, Sister Helen was simply following her mission: to provide spiritual help to a prisoner. But her own deeper realization came about as she was confronted with the actuality of how the prisoner's crime tore families asunder. She also found herself becoming painfully aware of the legal and societal process that put people on death row. 

With stunning music by Jake Heggie and a magnificent libretto by Terrence McNally, this opera taps into one of the core issues of our day and the whirlwind of emotions that surround it. Whether you've thought about the death penalty or not, this opera is sure to open a path to your heart, soul and mind. After all, isn't that is what great art is all about? 

This is the first Ohio performance of the opera in a decade and a truly rare experience. Don’t miss the Dayton Opera premiere of Dead Man Walking. 

We are pleased to partner with the University of Dayton and its unique and innovative Rites. Rights. Writes.campus-wide initiative for this performance and throughout the 2014–2015 season. 

DPAA Innovation Partner DP&L Foundation – Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts WEBSITE 
Overture Sponsor
 Bill and Jackie Lockwood Family Foundation
Associate Sponsor Janet and Vernon Fernandes
Associate Sponsor Crowne Plaza Dayton WEBSITE  
Supporting Sponsor Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. WEBSITE  
Supporting Sponsor Rion, Rion & Rion, L.P.A., Inc. WEBSITE  
Supporting Sponsor Jon and Diana Sebaly
Supporting Sponsor 10 Wilmington Place WEBSITE  
Supporting Sponsor Anonymous
Official Cast Party Host Dayton Racquet Club WEBSITE 
Orchestral Music provided by The Jesse Philips Opera Fund of The Dayton Foundation WEBSITE 
Dayton Opera Media Partner Discover Classical 88.1 & 89.9 FM WEBSITE 
Official Data Provider of the Dayton Opera and DPO DataYard WEBSITE 
DPAA Communications Partner One Call Now WEBSITE 
Official Candy of the Dayton Opera Esther Price Candies WEBSITE 
Surtitles provided by The Opera Guild of Dayton WEBSITE 

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