The Teatro Real of Madrid stages Dead Man Walking, with Damián del Castillo and Marifé Nogales


This January 26th the opera Dead Man Walking will have its Spanish premiere at the Teatro Real. Composer Jake Heggie's first opera, Dead Man Walking was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera and based on the book by the same name, written by Sister Helen Prejean, which was taken to the big screen by the director Tim Robbins and the actors Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. Participating in this production, which comes from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, are the baritone Damián del Castillo, in the role of George Benton, and the mezzo soprano Marifé Nogales, in the role of Sister Lillianne. Alongside them we will see mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato giving life to Sister Helen Prejean, the main character of this drama that reflects on the death penalty and, at the same time, on the redeeming power of love. Dead Man Walking will be conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Stage direction will be by Leonardo Foglia.
Damián del Castillo's future engagements include Cosi Fan Tutte and Rigoletto at the Teatro Cervantes of Málaga. We will see Marifé Nogales soon in Los elementos at the Juan March Foundation and also in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Teatro de la Maestranza of Seville.