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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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7 events
4 reviews
3 stars
The weather was Windy. I wore dress stocking and boots.
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3 events
1 review
6 stars
They only allow bottled water inside the theatre, so if you get a drink that isn't water at intermission, make sure you have time to drink it. Drinks and snacks are expensive, so if you can do without your pocketbook will be happier!
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Reviews & Ratings

"Porgy and Bess"
35 ratings
4.6 average rating
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17 events
5 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 language operas.

Also wondering what caused a poriton of the set to fall on...continued

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1 review
0 stars
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.

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47 events
12 reviews
13 stars
attended Mar 28 2010

Really enjoyed the opera. The story was moving and the cast did a great job acting as well as singing.

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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.


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.