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Dead Man Walking

Jake Heggie

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Dead Man Walking, the 2000 opera with music by Jake Heggie and libretto by Terence McNally, has established itself as a classic among contemporary modern operas, with dozens of U.S. and international productions. The San Francisco Opera, which premiered the piece, released a very fine recording of the first production on Erato in 2001, conducted by Patrick Summers. Virgin Classics has issued a terrific new recording taken from a 2011 performance at the Houston Grand Opera, also conducted by Summers, making this one of the very few 21st century American operas with the distinction of having two professional recordings. Listeners who want to choose between the versions won't go wrong with either and fans of the opera will want both. Two of the leading performers from the original recording return; besides Summers, Frederica von Stade reprises her wrenching portrayal of Mrs. De Rocher, a role Heggie wrote for her. (Also, John Packard, the first Joseph de Rocher, sings Owen Hart, father of the murdered girl.) The newer recording has more star power, including Measha Brueggergosman as Sister Rose, Susanne Mentzer as Jade Boucher, mother of the murdered boy, and rising star Philip Cutlip as Joseph de Rocher. Heggie wrote the role of Sister Helen Prejean for Susan Graham, who left an indelible mark on the part. Joyce DiDonato is no less memorable as Sister Helen, so listeners have the luxury of comparing two excellent interpretations, as they might, for instance, in a standard like La Traviata; there are many ways of approaching a part, and listeners can savor the different personalities and voices singers bring to the role. Graham is warmer and more vulnerable, and DiDonato is more incisive, making the most of Sister Helen's wry humor. Cutlip is vocally stronger and more dramatically engaging than Packard, and brings greater range to the part, more raw menace and more anguish. In both recordings the supporting roles are well taken, and the orchestral playing is outstanding. Both versions were recorded live; the sound in the new recording has a better sense of presence and immediacy, and that gives it an acoustic edge over the first.
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Joyce DiDonato

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1
Dead Man Walking: Prelude
Patrick Summers
00:02:51

Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Dead Man Walking: Prologue: Watching you...A Kiss in the Dark (Song on radio, Boy, Girl, Joseph De Rocher, Anthony De Rocher)
Brian P. Hamlin
00:04:10

Brian Culbertson, Composer, Performed by - Mike Thompson, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Larry Kimpel, Bass - Dave Koz, Saxophone - Terrence McNally, Composer - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - TODD SUCHERMAN, Drums, Percussion - Tollak Ollestad, Harmonica - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Heather Sanders, Lead Vocals - Matt Hune, Lead Vocals - Brian Hamlin , Lead Vocals - Jimmy Demers, Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Heather Sanders/Matt Hune/Philip Cutlip/Brian P. Hamlin, MainArtist - Brian P. Hamlin, Vocals

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 1 - Hope House: He will gather us around (Sister Helen, Children, Sister Rose)
Measha Brueggergosman
00:04:05

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Measha Brueggergosman, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Richard Bado, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Richard Bado/Measha Brueggergosman/Houston Grand Opera Chorus, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 1 - Hope House: Heavens! Look at the time (Sister Rose, First mother, Sister Lillianne, Sister Catherine, Jimmy Charlton, Mrs Charlton, Sister Helen)
Zander Shepeard
00:03:51

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Measha Brueggergosman, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Kathleen Manley, Lead Vocals - Brittany Wheeler, Lead Vocals - Kiri Deonarine, Lead Vocals - Zander Shepeard, Lead Vocals - Laurelle Gowing, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Measha Brueggergosman/Kathleen Manley/Brittany Wheeler/Kiri Deonarine/Zander Shepeard/Laurelle Gowing, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: "Be careful," people have always told me (Sister Helen, Motor cop)
Joyce DiDonato
00:08:14

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Michael Sumuel, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: This journey (Sister Helen)
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:54

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 3 - Outside of Angola State Penitentiary: Sister Helen? I've been waiting for you (Father Grenville, Sister Helen, Inmates)
James R. Jennings
00:02:37

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Beau Gibson, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Beau Gibson/Carey Michael O'Rarden/Bradley Blunt/Wesley Landry/James R. Jennings/Leslie Biffle/Rahki DeShon Marcelous, MainArtist - James R. Jennings, Vocals

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: Some of them didn't look so bad (Sister Helen, Father Grenville)
Joyce DiDonato
00:03:18

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Beau Gibson, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Beau Gibson, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: I don't like that man (Sister Helen, Warden)
Hector Vasquez
00:03:28

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Hector Vásquez, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 5 - The walk through Death Row: Woman on the tier! (Guards, Inmates, Warden, Sister Helen)
Hector Vasquez
00:02:52

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Boris Dyakov, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - James R. Jennings, Vocals - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Michael Sumuel/Hector Vásquez/Boris Dyakov/Carey Michael O'Rarden/Bradley Blunt/Wesley Landry/James R. Jennings/Leslie Biffle/Rahki DeShon Marcelous, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Thank you (Sister Helen, Inmates, Warden, Joseph)
Hector Vasquez
00:03:40

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - James R. Jennings, Vocals - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Hector Vásquez/Carey Michael O'Rarden/Bradley Blunt/Wesley Landry/James R. Jennings/Leslie Biffle/Rahki DeShon Marcelous, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Are you frightened? (Sister Helen, Joseph)
Joyce DiDonato
00:01:45

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: You ever been with a man? (Joseph, Sister Helen)
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:44

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Five more minutes, De Rocher (First guard, Joseph, Sister Helen)
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:46

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Michael Sumuel, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

15
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: The defendant's mother, Mrs Patrick De Rocher (Paralegal, Older brother, Joseph's mother)
Austin Dean
00:02:37

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Austin Dean, Lead Vocals - Nancy Hall, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Nancy Hall/Frederica von Stade/Austin Dean, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

16
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: Joe, my Joe, is not a bad boy (Joseph's mother, Owen Hart)
John Packard
00:01:57

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - John Packard, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Frederica von Stade/John Packard, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: What you all say my Joe did is so terrible (Joseph's mother)
Frederica von Stade
00:04:47

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Frederica von Stade, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: It's a good sign when they take so long to decide (Sister Rose, Sister Helen, Owen Hart, Jade Boucher, Kitty Hart, Howard Boucher)
Susanne Mentzer
00:02:05

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Suzanne Mentzer, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Susanne Mentzer, Vocals - Measha Brueggergosman, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Brittany Wheeler, Lead Vocals - Kiri Deonarine, Lead Vocals - John Packard, Lead Vocals - Cheryl Parrish, Lead Vocals - Jon Kolbet, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Measha Brueggergosman/Brittany Wheeler/Kiri Deonarine/Frederica von Stade/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne Mentzer/Jon Kolbet, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: You don't know what it's like to bear a child (Jade Boucher, Kitty Hart, Sister Helen, Howard Boucher, Owen Hart, Joseph's mother)
Frederica von Stade
00:03:01

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Suzanne Mentzer, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Susanne Mentzer, Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - John Packard, Lead Vocals - Cheryl Parrish, Lead Vocals - Jon Kolbet, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Frederica von Stade/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne Mentzer/Jon Kolbet, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

20
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: I'm sorry. So sorry (Sister Helen, Owen Hart, Jade Boucher, Howard Boucher, Kitty Hart, Paralegal, Sister Rose)
Susanne Mentzer
00:03:27

Suzanne Mentzer, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Susanne Mentzer, Vocals - Measha Brueggergosman, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - John Packard, Lead Vocals - Cheryl Parrish, Lead Vocals - Jon Kolbet, Lead Vocals - Nancy Hall, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Measha Brueggergosman/Nancy Hall/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne Mentzer/Jon Kolbet, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

21
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: Guess your nun ain't comin' back, De Rocher (First guard, Sister Helen, Joseph)
Joyce DiDonato
00:01:25

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Michael Sumuel, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

22
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: I believe in the here and now (Joseph, Sister Helen)
Joyce DiDonato
00:03:13

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

23
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: The Bible says "the truth will set you free." (Sister Helen, Joseph, Warden) - Scene 10 - The waiting room: Excuse me. Do you have any change? (Sister Helen, First guard)
Hector Vasquez
00:01:42

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Michael Sumuel/Hector Vásquez, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

24
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 10 - The waiting room: He will gather us around (Children, Sister Rose, Inmates, Sister Helen, Joseph, Motor cop, Joseph's mother, Kitty and Owen Hart, Jade and Howard Boucher, Father Grenville)
James R. Jennings
00:02:16

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Suzanne Mentzer, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Susanne Mentzer, Vocals - Measha Brueggergosman, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Austin Dean, Lead Vocals - John Packard, Lead Vocals - Cheryl Parrish, Lead Vocals - Jon Kolbet, Lead Vocals - Cullen King, Lead Vocals - Richard Bado, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Beau Gibson, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - James R. Jennings, Vocals - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Measha Brueggergosman/Michael Sumuel/Beau Gibson/Richard Bado/Frederica von Stade/Austin Dean/Cullen King/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne Mentzer/Jon Kolbet/Care, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

25
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 10 - The waiting room: What happened? (Sister Helen, Warden, Sisters, Children, Joseph, Kitty and Owen Hart, Jade and Howard Boucher, Joseph's mother, Inmates, Motor cop, Father Grenville)
Hector Vasquez
00:01:28

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Suzanne Mentzer, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Susanne Mentzer, Vocals - Measha Brueggergosman, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Brittany Wheeler, Lead Vocals - Kiri Deonarine, Lead Vocals - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - John Packard, Lead Vocals - Cheryl Parrish, Lead Vocals - Jon Kolbet, Lead Vocals - Richard Bado, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Beau Gibson, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - James R. Jennings, Vocals - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Measha Brueggergosman/Brittany Wheeler/Kiri Deonarine/Michael Sumuel/Beau Gibson/Hector Vásquez/Frederica von Stade/Richard Bado/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

DISC 2

1
Dead Man Walking, Act II: Prelude
Patrick Summers
00:00:18

Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 1 - Joseph's cell: 31 ... 32 ... 33 ... (Joseph, Warden)
Hector Vasquez
00:01:12

Brian Culbertson, Composer - Mike Thompson, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals - Larry Kimpel, Lead Vocals, Bass - Terrence McNally, Composer - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - TODD SUCHERMAN, Drums, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Tollak Ollestad, Lead Vocals, Harmonica - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Jimmy Demers, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Jimmy Demers/Tollak Ollestad/Mike Thompson/Philip Cutlip/Larry Kimpel/Todd Sucherman/Hector Vásquez, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 1 - Joseph's cell: Everybody hear that? (Joseph, Warden, Inmates)
Hector Vasquez
00:05:39

Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - James R. Jennings, Vocals - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Philip Cutlip/Hector Vásquez/Carey Michael O'Rarden/Bradley Blunt/Wesley Landry/James R. Jennings/Leslie Biffle/Rahki DeShon Marcelous, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 1 - Joseph's cell: The girl. I remember the girl (Joseph)
Patrick Summers
00:01:21

Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Philip Cutlip, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 2 - Sister Helen's bedroom: Oh! ... Now and at the hour of our death. Amen (Sister Helen, Sister Rose)
Measha Brueggergosman
00:04:22

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Measha Brueggergosman, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Measha Brueggergosman, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 2 - Sister Helen's bedroom: God's love and forgiveness (Sister Rose, Sister Helen)
Measha Brueggergosman
00:06:57

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Measha Brueggergosman, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Measha Brueggergosman, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 3 - Joseph's cell. August 4 in the evening: Well? Well? (Inmates) - What time is it? (Joseph, Sister Helen)
James R. Jennings
00:02:56

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - James R. Jennings, Vocals - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Carey Michael O'Rarden/Bradley Blunt/Wesley Landry/James R. Jennings/Leslie Biffle/Rahki DeShon Marcelous, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 3 - Joseph's cell. August 4 in the evening: I'm scared, OK? (Joseph, Sister Helen, First guard)
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:50

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Michael Sumuel, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 4 - The visiting room: The new Ford Mustangs are so cool (Joseph's brothers, Joseph, Joseph's mother, Sister Helen)
Joyce DiDonato
00:01:53

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Austin Dean, Lead Vocals - Cullen King, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Frederica von Stade/Austin Dean/Cullen King, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 4 - The visiting room: All those people out there (Joseph's mother, Sister Helen, First guard, Joseph, Second guard, Younger brother, Warden)
Hector Vasquez
00:04:40

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Boris Dyakov, Lead Vocals - Cullen King, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Michael Sumuel/Hector Vásquez/Boris Dyakov/Frederica von Stade/Cullen King, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 4 - The visiting room: Don't say a word (Joseph's mother, Joseph, Sister Helen)
Joyce DiDonato
00:05:35

Frederica von Stade, Lead Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Frederica von Stade, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 4 - The visiting room: Who will walk with me? (Sister Helen)
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:13

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 5 - Outside of the Death House: Good evening (Sister Helen, Howard and Jade Boucher, Kitty and Owen Hart, Second guard)
Susanne Mentzer
00:02:33

Suzanne Mentzer, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Susanne Mentzer, Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Boris Dyakov, Lead Vocals - John Packard, Lead Vocals - Cheryl Parrish, Lead Vocals - Jon Kolbet, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Boris Dyakov/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne Mentzer/Jon Kolbet, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 5 - Outside of the Death House: I've said some harsh things (Owen Hart, Sister Helen)
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:37

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - John Packard, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/John Packard, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 6 - Joseph's holding cell: You're a regular illustrated man, De Rocher (First guard, Second guard, Inmates)
Carey Michael O'Rarden
00:01:14

Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Boris Dyakov, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - James R. Jennings, Vocals - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Michael Sumuel/Boris Dyakov/Carey Michael O'Rarden/Bradley Blunt/Wesley Landry/James R. Jennings/Leslie Biffle/Rahki DeShon Marcelous, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 7 - The Confession: How much longer? How much more time? (Joseph, Sister Helen, Inmates)
James R. Jennings
00:03:01

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - James R. Jennings, Vocals - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Carey Michael O'Rarden/Bradley Blunt/Wesley Landry/James R. Jennings/Leslie Biffle/Rahki DeShon Marcelous, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 7 - The Confession: We'd been drinkin' and smokin' weed at the road house (Joseph, Sister Helen)
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:26

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 7 - The Confession: I killed her (Joseph, Sister Helen, Warden, Father Grenville)
Hector Vasquez
00:04:39

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Beau Gibson, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Beau Gibson/Hector Vásquez, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act II: Scene 8 - The Execution: Dead Man Walking! (Warden, Father Grenville, Joseph, Sister Helen, Kitty and Owen Hart, Jade and Howard Boucher, Guards, Sisters and Mothers of the prayer vigil outside the prison, Inmates)
Hector Vasquez
00:06:02

Suzanne Mentzer, Vocals - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano - Patrick Summers, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Susanne Mentzer, Vocals - Philip Cutlip, Lead Vocals - Terence McNally, Composer - Michael Sumuel, Lead Vocals - Carey Michael O'Rarden, Lead Vocals - Bradley Blunt, Lead Vocals - Wesley Landry, Lead Vocals - James Jennings, Lead Vocals - Leslie Biffle, Lead Vocals - Rahki DeShon Marcelous, Lead Vocals - Hector Vasquez, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Boris Dyakov, Lead Vocals - John Packard, Lead Vocals - Cheryl Parrish, Lead Vocals - Jon Kolbet, Lead Vocals - Richard Bado, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Beau Gibson, Lead Vocals - Joyce Di Donato, Lead Vocals, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer - James R. Jennings, Vocals - Patrick Summers/Houston Grand Opera Orchestra/Joyce DiDonato/Philip Cutlip/Michael Sumuel/Beau Gibson/Hector Vásquez/Boris Dyakov/Richard Bado/John Packard/Cheryl Parrish/Susanne Mentzer/Jon Kolbet/Carey Michael O'Rarden/Bradley Blunt/Wesle, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

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Dead Man Walking, Act 2: The Execution - "He will gather us around, all around" (Sister Helen)
Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera
00:01:47

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Boy Soprano, MainArtist - Patrick Summers, Conductor, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Terence McNally, Composer - Joyce Di Donato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Orchestra, Lead Vocals - Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Lead Vocals, Chorus - Jake Heggie), Composer

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics ℗ 2012 Houston Grand Opera under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

Dead Man Walking, the 2000 opera with music by Jake Heggie and libretto by Terence McNally, has established itself as a classic among contemporary modern operas, with dozens of U.S. and international productions. The San Francisco Opera, which premiered the piece, released a very fine recording of the first production on Erato in 2001, conducted by Patrick Summers. Virgin Classics has issued a terrific new recording taken from a 2011 performance at the Houston Grand Opera, also conducted by Summers, making this one of the very few 21st century American operas with the distinction of having two professional recordings. Listeners who want to choose between the versions won't go wrong with either and fans of the opera will want both. Two of the leading performers from the original recording return; besides Summers, Frederica von Stade reprises her wrenching portrayal of Mrs. De Rocher, a role Heggie wrote for her. (Also, John Packard, the first Joseph de Rocher, sings Owen Hart, father of the murdered girl.) The newer recording has more star power, including Measha Brueggergosman as Sister Rose, Susanne Mentzer as Jade Boucher, mother of the murdered boy, and rising star Philip Cutlip as Joseph de Rocher. Heggie wrote the role of Sister Helen Prejean for Susan Graham, who left an indelible mark on the part. Joyce DiDonato is no less memorable as Sister Helen, so listeners have the luxury of comparing two excellent interpretations, as they might, for instance, in a standard like La Traviata; there are many ways of approaching a part, and listeners can savor the different personalities and voices singers bring to the role. Graham is warmer and more vulnerable, and DiDonato is more incisive, making the most of Sister Helen's wry humor. Cutlip is vocally stronger and more dramatically engaging than Packard, and brings greater range to the part, more raw menace and more anguish. In both recordings the supporting roles are well taken, and the orchestral playing is outstanding. Both versions were recorded live; the sound in the new recording has a better sense of presence and immediacy, and that gives it an acoustic edge over the first.
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