When her book was turned into an opera, Prejean asked that it be something people could sing along to rather than an atonal and obscure score. The music, written by Jack Heggie, fits that bill, while Terrence McNally’s libretto forces audiences to contemplate the ethics of the death penalty from the perspectives of both the victims’ families and the murderers’.
Dead Man Walking runs through July 23 at the Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka Street in Central City. Tickets range from $20 to $90 and can be purchased at centralcityopera.org or by calling 303-292-6700.
Sat., July 5, 8 p.m.; Wed., July 9, 2:30 p.m.; Fri., July 11, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 13, 2:30 p.m.; Thu., July 17, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 19, 2:30 p.m.; Wed., July 23, 2:30 p.m.; Fri., July 25, 2:30 p.m., 2014