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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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35 events
21 reviews
43 stars
Parking is too expensive for this venue. Better - Metro and shuttle. even if you have to leave earlier since the Metro is so unreliable these days.
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35 events
21 reviews
43 stars
The weather was getting cold! but the shuttle took care of that problem!. I wore dressy - not formal. Many people were dressed up festive etc. .
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"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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49 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.