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Disc: 1

  1. Prelude
  2. Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Are you frightened?
  3. Act I: Scene 1 - Hope House: He will gather us around
  4. Act I: Scene 1 - Hope House: Heavens! Look at the time
  5. Act I: Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: "Be careful, " people have always told me
  6. Act I: Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: This journey
  7. Act I: Scene 3 - Outside of Angola State Penitentiary: Sister Helen? I've been waiting for you
  8. Act I: Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: Some of them didn't look so bad
  9. Act I: Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: I don't like that man
  10. Act I: Scene 5 - The walk through Death Row: Woman on the tier!
  11. Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Thank you 1
  12. Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: You ever been with a man?
  13. Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Five more minutes, De Rocher
  14. Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: The defendant's mother, Mrs Patrick De Rocher
  15. Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: Joe, my Joe, is not a bad boy
  16. Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: What you all say my Joe did is so terrible
  17. Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: It's a good sign when they take so long to decide (
  18. Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: You don't know what it's like to bear a child
  19. Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: I'm sorry. So sorry
  20. Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: Guess your nun ain't comin' back, De Rocher
  21. Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: I believe in the here and now
  22. Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: The Bible says "the truth will set you free."
  23. Act I: Scene 10 - The waiting room: He will gather us around
  24. Act I: Scene 10 - The waiting room: What happened?

Disc: 2

  1. Act II: Prelude
  2. Act II:Scene 1 - Joseph's cell: 31 ... 32 ... 33 ...
  3. Act II:Scene 1 - Joseph's cell: Everybody hear that?
  4. Act II:Scene 1 - Joseph's cell: The girl. I remember the girl
  5. Act II: Scene 2 - Sister Helen's bedroom: Oh! ... Now and at the hour of our death. Amen
  6. Act II: Scene 2 - Sister Helen's bedroom: God's love and forgiveness
  7. Act II: Scene 3 - Joseph's cell. August 4 in the evening: Well? Well? (Inmates)
  8. Act II: Scene 3 - Joseph's cell. August 4 in the evening: I'm scared, OK?
  9. Act II: Scene 4 - The visiting room: The new Ford Mustangs are so cool
  10. Act II: Scene 4 - The visiting room: All those people out there
  11. Act II: Scene 4 - The visiting room: Don't say a word
  12. Act II: Scene 4 - The visiting room: Who will walk with me?
  13. Act II: Scene 5 - Outside of the Death House: Good evening
  14. Act II: Scene 5 - Outside of the Death House: I've said some harsh things
  15. Act II: Scene 6 - Joseph's holding cell: You're a regular illustrated man, De Rocher
  16. Act II: Scene 7 - The Confession: How much longer? How much more time?
  17. Act II: Scene 7 - The Confession: We'd been drinkin' and smokin' weed at the road house
  18. Act II: Scene 7 - The Confession: I killed her
  19. Act II: Scene 8 - The Execution: Dead Man Walking!
  20. Act II: Scene 8 - The Execution: He will gather us around, all around

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'Cathartic, uplifting and humanizing' wrote the Houston Chronicle, reporting on this Houston Grand Opera production of Jake Heggie s Dead Man Walking. Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen Prejean, who becomes a counsellor to murderer on death row in Lousiana, shares the stage with her idol, veteran mezzo Frederica von Stade, here making her farewell to opera.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e5f6834) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x9e5fa75c) out of 5 stars Very Different, very effective, second recording of DMW 3 May 2012
By Kyle E. Lockhart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
AFter seeing Joyce DiDonato play Sister Helen Prejean In Houston in 2011, I never dreamed that I would in the not to distant future own a souvenir of that excellent audio production. As Erato recorded the original San Francisco cast with the stellar Susan Graham leading up the cast, it never crossed my mind that a major label would be so wise to record DiDonato's version of the opera. I focus on Graham and DiDonato perhaps too much. The productions have a totally different feel to them in many ways. Both are totally effective, make a great care for opera still being a relevant art form, and both make you think about issues, but from different perspectives. Having read some of Prejean's work, I think both singers give us a piece of this phenomenal woman. Each make wise choices about what to bring out in this character that cannot be really be presented in full in a condensed work. Frankly, I was so taken with Susan Graham's portrayal, that when I read I would being seeing DiDonato (my favorite mezzo along with Graham) in a Susan Graham role, I was nervous. Never had I had to compare my two favorites in the same role, especially one created by one of the ladies. I left the live performances with DiDonato amazed. The essence of the character with Graham and DiDonato matched, but DiDonato's humanity and believablity throughout was unbelievable. I have followed DiDonato to see her in many roles. The beauty of voice, fine technique, and charm were all intact, but, it was almost as if we heard a new side of DiDonato in this role. Everything she touches is top notch, but he Sister Helen was like her showing her perfection in yet ANOTHER style. Still, after the performance, I never dreamed a recording would come from it. I an age where getting one recording of a new work seems a treat, getting TWO with top notch singers seems laughable. However, when I spotted the Virgin reading of Dead MAn Walking, hang heard no word about its release I snatched it up. It gave me a chance to listen to the two recordings side my side and find the two performances really were night and day, but still "preached" the same message. The thing I find odd is that the Graham version sounds more "operatic" in singing style, but at the end, I almost feel it is a good musical. The DiDonato, which often often sounds like speech/singing (but controlled and beautifully handled ) comes across more as an opera. Whaeverthe case, if you like modern works, try getting both. If you don't like modern but want to hear it, I would go with the Graham. If you want a coherent, forget your watching an opera, but feel drawn into a fantastic and at times horrific sort, go DiDonato. Again, I could never choose the better singer or portrayal. In fact I praise DiDonato for doing her own thing rather than borrowing heavily from the original.However, we should know by now, DiDonato is an original aamd plays things, her way. I'd love to see these two ladies collaborate someday. Please excuse my focus on the role of Prejean, but they really set these two amazing performances apart. We are blessed to have two such talented singers around at the same time. Just thinking what a nice performance we might have with Graham as Cesare and DiDonato as Cleopatra. Just an idea. A good one.....
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HASH(0x9e5fad50) out of 5 stars So-so Dead Man 21 Nov. 2012
By Christopher Harlan - Published on Amazon.com
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Having been involved with a DMW production for over 10 years I was excited to hear of a second recording incorporating all the changes Heggie & McNally made over the years, thereby offering a "finalized" version. This function was fulfilled; however, I found the performance rather lack luster. The "rawness" of the original recording and of the Foglia-directed productions is lost and most of the singing and orchestral playing underwhelming. It's as if a theater piece has become an opera.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e91f5ac) out of 5 stars This is a beautiful new recording of a modern masterpiece 24 July 2014
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful new recording of a modern masterpiece. I was recently able to see an excellent production of this opera, and was carried away by the music and emotion. Just a reminder for the opera lover: this recording does not include the libretto for the piece. As any opera lover knows, even an opera in English requires a libretto for better understanding.
0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e914870) out of 5 stars Modern opera not for me 27 Jun. 2013
By ELIZABETH J SLEDGE - Published on Amazon.com
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I really do love opera, trust me. I bought Dead Man Walking because I was trying to get all of JoyceDiDonato's operas. I knew it was "modern opera" but I just wasn't prepared for this. I like beautiful lines, singable melodies, and boy I was disappointed. I love Joyce DiDonato but not this.
0 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3f4d8c) out of 5 stars Can't really say 26 Nov. 2012
By Patty Mae - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a gift that hasn't been given yet, so it's still unopened. I'm assuming it will be just fine.
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