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"Porgy and Bess"
256 ratings
4.4 average rating
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6 reviews
123 stars
attended May 08 2007

I had a wonderful time at this event! The singers/actors were phenomenal!

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169 reviews
46 stars
attended May 10 2007

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.

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91 reviews
-125 stars
attended May 10 2007

The show was great but a patron sitting next to
me was so disgusting that I left
during intermission. This person arrives moments before
curtain call, abruptly plops down in her seat and
10 minutes later, removes her shoes and places

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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.