DiDonato, Joyce

Heggie: Dead Man Walking

2CD
16 Apr 2012

Barcode: 5099960246325

Composer: Jake Heggie
Other participants: Joyce DiDonato, Frederica von Stade, Measha Brueggergosman, Philip Cutlip, Patrick Summers, Orchestra & Chorus of Houston Grand Opera

'If the opera seemed good before, it's rather better now... DiDonato [comes to the vocal lines almost as heightened speech... [and] leaves no question that she'll get a confession out of the killer. DiDonato also makes the nun and murderer soul mates... As the killer, Philip Cutler is prickly and vocally imposing in his early scenes. But later on he becomes rhetorically understated in ways that make his ultimate confession even more devastating.'
Gramophone

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Prelude: Dead Man Walking  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera 
02 Prologue: Watching you, every day (Song on radio, Boy, Girl, Joseph De Rocher, Anthony De Rocher): Dead Man Walking  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/H 
03 Scene 1 - Hope House: He will gather us around (Sister Helen, Children, Sister Rose): Dead Man Walking, Act I  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
04 Scene 1 - Hope House: Heavens! Look at the time (Sister Rose, First mother, Sister Lillianne, Sister Catherine, Jimmy C  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
05 Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: "Be careful," people have always told me (Sister Helen, Motor cop  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
06 Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: This journey (Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act I  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
07 Scene 3 - Outside of Angola State Penitentiary: Sister Helen? I've been waiting for you (Father Grenville, Sister Helen  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
08 Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: Some of them didn't look so bad (Sister Helen, Father Grenville): Dead Man Walking  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
09 Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: I don't like that man (Sister Helen, Warden): Dead Man Walking, Act I  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
10 Scene 5 - The walk through Death Row: Woman on the tier! (Guards, Inmates, Warden, Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
11 Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Thank you (Sister Helen, Inmates, Warden, Joseph): Dead Man Walking, Act I  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
12 Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Are you frightened? (Sister Helen, Joseph): Dead Man Walking, Act I  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
13 Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: You ever been with a man? (Joseph, Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act I  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
14 Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Five more minutes, De Rocher (First guard, Joseph, Sister Helen): Dead Man Walki  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
15 Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: The defendant's mother, Mrs Patrick De Rocher (Paralegal, Older brother, Joseph's m  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/N 
16 Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: Joe, my Joe, is not a bad boy (Joseph's mother, Owen Hart): Dead Man Walking, Act I  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/F 
17 Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: What you all say my Joe did is so terrible (Joseph's mother): Dead Man Walking, Act  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/F 
18 Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: It's a good sign when they take so long to decide (Sister Rose, Siste  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
19 Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: You don't know what it's like to bear a child (Jade Boucher, Kitty Ha  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
20 Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: I'm sorry. So sorry (Sister Helen, Owen Hart, Jade Boucher, Howard Bo  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
21 Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: Guess your nun ain't comin' back, De Rocher (First guard, Sister Helen, Joseph):  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
22 Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: I believe in the here and now (Joseph, Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act I  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
23 Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: The Bible says "the truth will set you free." (Sister Helen, Joseph, W  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
24 Scene 10 - The waiting room: He will gather us around (Children, Sister Rose, Inmates, Sister Helen, Joseph, Motor cop,  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
25 Scene 10 - The waiting room: What happened? (Sister Helen, Warden, Sisters, Children, Joseph, Kitty and Owen Hart, Jade  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
Disc 2 
01 Prelude: Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera 
02 Scene 1 - Joseph's cell: 31 ... 32 ... 33 ... (Joseph, Warden): Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/P 
03 Scene 1 - Joseph's cell: Everybody hear that? (Joseph, Warden, Inmates): Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/C 
04 Scene 1 - Joseph's cell: The girl. I remember the girl (Joseph): Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/P 
05 Scene 2 - Sister Helen's bedroom: Oh! ... Now and at the hour of our death. Amen (Sister Helen, Sister Rose): Dead Man  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
06 Scene 2 - Sister Helen's bedroom: God's love and forgiveness (Sister Rose, Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
07 Scene 3 - Joseph's cell. August 4 in the evening: Well? Well? (Inmates) - What time is it? (Joseph, Sister Helen): Dead  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
08 Scene 3 - Joseph's cell. August 4 in the evening: I'm scared, OK? (Joseph, Sister Helen, First guard): Dead Man Walking  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
09 Scene 4 - The visiting room: The new Ford Mustangs are so cool (Joseph's brothers, Joseph, Joseph's mother, Sister Hele  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
10 Scene 4 - The visiting room: All those people out there (Joseph's mother, Sister Helen, First guard, Joseph, Second gua  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
11 Scene 4 - The visiting room: Don't say a word (Joseph's mother, Joseph, Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
12 Scene 4 - The visiting room: Who will walk with me? (Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
13 Scene 5 - Outside of the Death House: Good evening (Sister Helen, Howard and Jade Boucher, Kitty and Owen Hart, Second  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
14 Scene 5 - Outside of the Death House: I've said some harsh things (Owen Hart, Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
15 Scene 6 - Joseph's holding cell: You're a regular illustrated man, De Rocher (First guard, Second guard, Inmates): Dead  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/M 
16 Scene 7 - The Confession: How much longer? How much more time? (Joseph, Sister Helen, Inmates): Dead Man Walking, Act I  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
17 Scene 7 - The Confession: We'd been drinkin' and smokin' weed at the road house (Joseph, Sister Helen): Dead Man Walkin  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
18 Scene 7 - The Confession: I killed her (Joseph, Sister Helen, Warden, Father Grenville): Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
19 Scene 8 - The Execution: Dead Man Walking! (Warden, Father Grenville, Joseph, Sister Helen, Kitty and Owen Hart, Jade a  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 
20 Scene 8 - The Execution: He will gather us around, all around (Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act II  - Patrick Summers/Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera/J 


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