Porgy and Bess
Composer: George Gershwin
Librettist: DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Other Artistic Personnel: Eva Jessye (Choral Director)
Alexander Smallens (Conductor)
Rouben Mamoulian (Director)
Original Cast: Todd Duncan (Porgy)
Anne Wiggins Brown (Bess)
Warren Coleman (Crown)
John W. Bubbles (Sportin' Life)
Ruby Elzy (Serena)
Edward Matthews (Jake)
Georgette Harvey (Maria)
Ford L. Buck (Mingo)
Premiere Date: September 30, 1935
Producing Company: Rouben Mamoulian
Description:

Set in the 1930s in an African-American Charleston neighborhood known as Catfish Row, Porgy and Bess centers on the tragic love story of the cripple beggar Porgy and beautiful Bess, who longs to turn away from her former life as a prostitute and cocaine addict. After a murder, Bess’ abusive partner Crown flees, leaving her at the mercy of a disapproving community and tempted by the seductive drug dealer Sporting Life. Bess strikes up an unlikely relationship with Porgy and gradually finds acceptance on Catfish Row—until a hurricane and the return of Crown change everyone’s lives forever.

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Character List (Major): Porgy (bb)
Bess (s)
Crown (bar)
Sporting Life (t)
Clara (s)
Jake (bar)
Serena (s)
Maria (con)
Character List (Minor): Mingo (t)
Robbins (t)
Bit Parts: Peter (t)
Jim (bar)
Frazier (bar)
Undertaker (bar)
Annie (mz)
Nelson (t)
Crab Man (t)
Detective (speaking)
Policeman (speaking)
Coroner (speaking)
Mr. Archdale (speaking)
Scipio (small boy - speaking)
Strawberry Woman (mz)
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Length: 03:00
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Minimum 24
Orchestration: 2 fl(picc), 2 ob(Eng Hrn), 3 cl(asax), bcl(tsax), 1 bsn - 3 hrn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, 1 tba - timp, perc, pf, bnj - str; onstage pf
Contact: Schott Music Corporation
Composer Web Site: http://www.gershwin.com/
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schott-music.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
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Monday, November 17, 2014 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Opéra de Montréal
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Thursday, June 28, 2012 - Cincinnati Opera
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Saturday, July 30, 2011 - Seattle Opera
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Saturday, February 26, 2011 - Atlanta Opera
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Saturday, October 23, 2010 - Dayton Opera
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Friday, May 14, 2010 - Opera Carolina
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Saturday, April 10, 2010 - Virginia Opera
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Saturday, March 20, 2010 - Washington National Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, March 12, 2010 - El Paso Opera
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Friday, March 5, 2010 - San Antonio Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - San Francisco Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, February 14, 2009 - Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
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Monday, June 9, 2008 - San Francisco Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, April 25, 2008 - Opera Birmingham
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Sunday, February 24, 2008 - Townsend Opera Players
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, February 22, 2008 - Dallas Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - Opera Queensland
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Thursday, July 12, 2007 - State Opera of South Australia
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Friday, May 4, 2007 - Los Angeles Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, April 14, 2007 - Tulsa Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, February 9, 2007 - Opera Philadelphia
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, October 21, 2006 - Michigan Opera Theatre
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, October 14, 2006 - Opera Memphis
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, January 28, 2006 - Mobile Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Thursday, November 17, 2005 - Atlanta Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, May 6, 2005 - Edmonton Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, May 6, 2005 - Natchez Opera Festival
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, February 18, 2005 - Pensacola Opera
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Friday, April 2, 2004 - Piedmont Opera
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Thursday, February 5, 2004 - Opera Carolina
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, November 15, 2003 - Opera Tampa
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Friday, February 28, 2003 - Nashville Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, February 1, 2003 - Shreveport Opera
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Sunday, November 10, 2002 - Amarillo Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, October 25, 2002 - Opera Idaho
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Thursday, April 11, 2002 - New Orleans Opera Association
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Thursday, March 14, 2002 - Fort Worth Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, March 1, 2002 - New York City Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Wednesday, April 25, 2001 - Opera Philadelphia
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, March 9, 2001 - Dayton Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, October 6, 2000 - Indianapolis Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, April 29, 2000 - Opera Colorado
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, April 28, 2000 - Virginia Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, March 3, 2000 - New York City Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, October 23, 1999 - Mercury Opera Rochester
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, March 13, 1999 - Augusta Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, May 30, 1998 - Michigan Opera Theatre
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Wednesday, April 1, 1998 - Eugene Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, January 10, 1998 - Mercury Opera Rochester
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Tuesday, April 29, 1997 - State Opera of South Australia
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, February 1, 1997 - Townsend Opera Players
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Thursday, April 25, 1996 - Opera Carolina
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Wednesday, July 19, 1995 - Portland Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Wednesday, June 7, 1995 - Los Angeles Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Wednesday, May 24, 1995 - San Francisco Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Wednesday, April 5, 1995 - Opera Cleveland
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Thursday, March 16, 1995 - Seattle Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Wednesday, March 8, 1995 - San Diego Opera Association
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Wednesday, February 15, 1995 - Dallas Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, January 27, 1995 - Houston Grand Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, March 5, 1993 - Edmonton Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, August 1, 1992 - Opera Saratoga
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, March 6, 1992 - Virginia Opera
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Monday, February 17, 1992 - Opera Roanoke
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Saturday, October 12, 1991 - Opera Memphis
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Friday, September 20, 1991 - Indianapolis Opera
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