Vancouver Opera Festival offers $40 Dead Man Walking tickets to those under 40

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      The Vancouver Opera Festival is offering Dead Man Walking tickets for only $40 if you are under 40--a savings of $120 in some cases. 

      Not a fan of the opera? Try again. With the goal in mind to draw a diverse audience, Vancouver Opera is reaching out to those who may not choose opera as their Friday-night first choice.

      And Dead Man Walking is no ordinary opera. The two-act modern opera chronicles the story of a Louisiana death-row inmate and the young Catholic nun who fights to save him. It is based on the bestselling memoir by Sister Helen Prejean and the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.  

      With a libretto by Terrance McNally and music by Jake Heggie, Dead Man Walking is one of the most performed 21st operas--and is being presented here for the first time. A limited number of $40 Under Forty tickets are available at with the discount code 6593, or call the ticket centre at 604.683.0222.

      Dead Man Walking runs on April 29, May 2, 5, at 7:30 p.m. to May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.