By Jake Heggie Caroline Clegg Director James Holmes Conductor The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland brings the UK staged premiere of critically acclaimed Dead Man Walking to the New Athenaeum Theatre in May. The powerful and thought-provoking production is based on the book by Louisiana nun Sister Helen Prejean, who becomes the spiritual adviser to a convicted murderer on death row. In this video, from Minnesota Opera, Sister Helen Prejean and composer Jake Heggie explain how the opera came to be and why this story is so relevant to our times. Sister Helen Prejean said: “I said Jake, I don’t know boo-scat about opera, but if you can hold in this opera, the journey of redemption, that is what I want most of all. And then I added, ‘and please do music that we can hum when we come out of the theatre, because when they do that modern, atonal stuff, nobody likes it and nobody can remember it’. He said ‘Sister Helen, you have my promise on that’. “The opera of Dead Man Walking is a phenomenal experience.” Please Note: This production may not be suitable for younger children.