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The 10 most memorable classical music performances of 2019

Chicago Tribune

“Dead Man Walking,” Nov. 2 at Lyric Opera of Chicago

This bold staging of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s masterpiece — inspired by Sister Helen Prejean’s best-selling book — was a high point of the year. The shock of its opening scene, the spiritual struggles it subsequently explores and the importance of its ruminations on the death penalty make this more than just a landmark opera: It’s a work of art that addresses our times as immediately as any news story and as deeply as any novel. The production at Lyric Opera told the story via harrowing visual detail and discerning musical performances.