From San Francisco Opera:
A voice for humanity. A voice for compassion. Today, we lost an icon, a leader, a friend: Tony-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally. He passed away at age 81 from complications from the coronavirus.
McNally brought a critical eye to the greatest social issues of our time, immortalizing them in plays and music, as he did as librettist for our 2000 world premiere of “Dead Man Walking,” an opera about pain, forgiveness and morality set against a Louisiana death penalty case.
We will miss the way he compelled us to look inward, to confront the unknown and to laugh down our demons. Here he is, second from left, pictured with the creative team of “Dead Man Walking:” composer Jake Heggie, conductor Patrick Summers and production designer Joe Mantello. We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones.