Tulsa Opera had its waltz through the classics in October’s frolicking The Barber of Seville, toasting beauty and gaiety in old Europe. The arts group’s next stage presentation, however, takes a deeper route straight to the center of the soul in a completely contemporary story of murder and redemption. Rising mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chavez, best known for roles like the lusty temptress in Carmen, portrays nun Sister Helen Prejean, spiritual advisor to death row inmate Joseph De Rocher (portrayed by Michael Mayes). Dead Man Walking is based on the book by Prejean of her work with De Rocher, who brutally murdered two teenagers, to realize the truth and pain of his crime. Dead Man Walking plays at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Feb. 25, March 2 and 4. Also watch for several other events connected to this production; including the Eye4Eye exhibition at Living Arts of Tulsa (Feb. 3-24) www.myticketoffice.com

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