Gershwin's Masterpiece Porgy and Bess at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
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The last date listed for Porgy and Bess was Wednesday May 16, 2007 / 2:00pm (Special weekday matinee).
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Throughout the years, few operas have been as popular with young and old alike as The Magic Flute. Mozart's opera receives an inventive new production by the LA Opera, under the baton of conductor James Conlon. It's the U.S. premiere of a wildly imaginative staging that originated at the Komische Oper Berlin, created by director Barrie Kosky in combination with the British theater group 1927. This Magic Flute is inspired by silent films and Weimar cabaret, and features an astounding blend of film animation, brilliant live singing and playing, and some of the most inventive bits of stage wizardry the opera world has ever seen. Learn More
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Featured review from Chukwudubem E.
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I LOVED the music but the conducting was much too slow. Not enough jazz. The conductor sucked the life out of the music and made everything kind of boring. Still, I'm truly glad I went and that it was offered on Goldstar. PLEASE keep offering LA Opera events and subscriptions and mini-subscriptions!!! And Hollywood Bowl events when you get them. Thank you for what you do!
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I'm well acquainted with the music, but have never seen the opera. It was beautifully written, scored, staged and performed. Great show. I want to know how it all turns out. Does he get Bess back? When is Porgy and Bess II going to be done.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Porgy and Bess is simply the greatest score ever to have been produced by the Broadway theater...George Gershwin at the peak of his genius!” –The New York Times
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Gershwin’s emotionally powerful story of love lost and found centers on Porgy’s attempt to rescue the promiscuous Bess from the clutches of her murderous lover Crown and the conniving drug dealer Sportin’ Life. No other American work for the stage contains so many famous songs: “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “My Man’s Gone Now,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’,” "I Loves You Porgy," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," and more. The score blends blues, jazz, popular song, gospel, and spirituals into a classic American treasure.
Written by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin.
The award-winning director Francesca Zambello (Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera, Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Broadway) brings South Carolina’s Catfish Row to vivid life in a dazzling new production that updates the opera to the 1950s and foreshadows the dawning of the civil rights movement.
The conductor will be John DeMain, who led the history-making Houston Opera revival of Porgy and Bess in 1976 that established this American work as one of the masterpieces of opera.
Kevin Short: Porgy (May 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 19)
Alfred Walker: Porgy (May 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 20)
Morenike Fadayomi: Bess (May 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 19)
Indira Mahajan: Bess (May 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 20)
Lester Lynch: Crown (May 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 19)
Terry Cook: Crown (May 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 20)
Victor Ryan Robertson: Sportin' Life (May 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 20)
Jermaine Smith: Sportin' Life (May 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 19)
Laquita Mitchell: Clara (May 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 19)
Alyson Cambridge: Clara (May 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 20)
Eric Greene: Jake
Angela Simpson: Serena (May 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 19)
Monique McDonald: Serena (May 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 20)
Marietta Simpson: Maria
This production is from Washington National Opera.
Sung in English.
Artists and dates subject to change.
There will be a pre-performance lecture one hour prior to each performance, led by Alan Chapman.