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The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”

Author: Clasart Classic

This gripping new production of the Gershwins’ famed American opera features Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles.

  • Eric Owens as Porgy and Angel Blue as Bess in the Gershwins PORGY AND BESS | Copyright: © Paola Kudacki / Met Opera

    Eric Owens as Porgy and Angel Blue as Bess in the Gershwins PORGY AND BESS © Paola Kudacki / Met Opera

  • A scene from the Gershwins PORGY AND BESS | Copyright: © Tristram Kenton / English National Opera

    A scene from the Gershwins PORGY AND BESS © Tristram Kenton / English National Opera

  • Angel Blue as Bess and Frederick Ballentine as Sportin' Life in the Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS | Copyright: © Ken Howard / Met Opera

    Angel Blue as Bess and Frederick Ballentine as Sportin' Life in the Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS © Ken Howard / Met Opera

During the 2019–20 season, one of America’s greatest operas returned to the Met stage for the first time in 30 years: The Gershwins’ portrayal of the lives and struggles of a segregated African-American community in Charleston, S. C. James Robinson’s vibrant new production of Porgy and Bess transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront with vibrant choreography by Tony Award–nominee Camille A. Brown.

In this Live in HD transmission, bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles, headlining a phenomenal ensemble cast. David Robertson conducts this beloved score, which features some of the best-loved songs by one of America’s greatest songwriters (“Summertime”, “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “I Loves You, Porgy”,), as well as mighty choruses and bold orchestrations.

“Authoritative and gripping ... The magnificent bass-baritone Eric Owens gives one of the finest performances of his distinguished career … The sumptuously voiced soprano Angel Blue is radiant … Every singer in the cast was outstanding … A splendid Porgy and Bess” – The New York Times

“The Met’s new production of Porgy and Bess is a wonder ... a triumph.” – The Economist

Production year 2020
Duration 165min.
Production Company The Metropolitan Opera
Composer George Gershwin
Conductor David Robertson
Orchestra / Band The Metropolitan Opera
Soloist Angel Blue
Soloist Eric Owens
Soloist Golda Schultz
Soloist Latonia Moore
Soloist Denyce Graves
Stage Director James Robinson

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