2016 Spring Season

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Dead Man Walking

I want the last thing you see in this world to be a face of love.

March 4 & 6, 2016
Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts

A modern classic since its premiere in 2000, Dead Man Walking is the story of a nun’s journey as the spiritual advisor of a convicted murderer on death row. From the shocking opening scene to the searing finale, this opera changes everyone who encounters it. Dead Man Walking, composed by Jake Heggie with libretto by Terrence McNally, is based on Sister Helen Prejean’s 1993 account of her work on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The popularity of the opera can be credited not only to the timeless relevance of its subject and the humanity of its story, but also to how successfully the  composer and librettist have captured the essence and impact of the story in an intense musical and dramatic setting.


Passion, betrayal, and death!

April 8 & 10, 2016
Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts

A blockbuster success since it debuted in 1900, Tosca has been an opera fan favorite for 114 years.  Floria Tosca is a fiery diva whose life is equal parts drama and passion, played out against a background of political intrigue.  She takes matters  into her own hands, but with disastrous results. With stunning arias, towering musical climaxes, and fascinating drama,  Puccini’s brilliant score brings Tosca’s emotional extremes into sharp relief as the story rushes toward its thrilling conclusion. Described  by experts as a “shabby little shocker,” this exciting melodrama grabs you from the start, making it an ideal opera for both newcomers and aficionados alike.