Venue Details

845 Star Starred
The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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Member Tips

Mary
For the opera, dress at the Kennedy Center is generally on the more formal side.
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Mary
The "cafeteria" meal on the top floor of the Kennedy Center is good and reasonably priced..
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sweettea
There was everything from gowns to jeans. I did not see any tuxedos, only suits.
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Angela Purnell
Since I attended a matinee performance, I was somewhat dressy.
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Angela Purnell
I drove my car and then took a free shuttle to the Kennedy Center from Foggy Bottom metro.
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Angela Purnell
You need a drink at the intermission, the performance is long.
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.6 average rating
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4 reviews
19 stars
attended Mar 25 2010

I've seen this opera before and you could actually understand what the singers were saying. If I wanted to constantly be reading the super-script I would go to foreign... continued

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attended Mar 25 2010

The controversial "opera" did indeed live up to its name, and the performance contained the essential elements of tragic love, personal crisis and a dramatic passion.
Peter

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13 reviews
20 stars
attended Mar 25 2010

We were glad we went, but were, on the whole, somewhat disappointed. Our seats were under the balcony which was a mistake on our part. Sitting under the balcony always tends to deaden the voices which then took a lot of the drama out of opera.

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More Information

Website

http://www.dc-opera.org/performances/0910/porgyandbess.asp

Quotes & Highlights

Visit the Washington National Opera web site for more information, including articles about various aspects of the production, as well as audio and video previews.

Description

by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin

Sung in English with English supertitles

WNO’s critically acclaimed production, which received rave reviews in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, is back!  George Gershwin miraculously melds classical music, popular song, jazz, blues, and spirituals into iconic American songs like “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now.”  This quintessential American masterpiece follows the story of a crippled beggar and the headstrong woman he loves. Porgy and Bess is directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by American music specialist John Mauceri.

About the Ticket Supplier: Washington National Opera

As the resident opera company of the Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera (WNO) draws on a rich history to offer high-quality grand opera featuring internationally acclaimed artists. Additionally, WNO serves as a vital resource throughout the Washington metro area, bringing opera to a broad public through its award-winning education and community programs.