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Designing the World Premiere of Dead Man Walking at San Francisco Opera

Most designers who shoulder the mighty labors of grand opera feel fortunate to forge the irons of just one new show in their careers. After A Streetcar Named Desire, Michael Yeargan's inspired concept for Dead Man Walking was his second premiere for the San Francisco Opera, his fifth in two years.

"It started with Streetcar," he says, "and then it was The Great Gatsby at the Met, and then Central Park for

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