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Porgy and Bess
Composer:George Gershwin
Librettist:DuBose HeywardIra Gershwin
Synopsis

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.


Productions
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Cincinnati OperaPorgy and Bess7/20/2019 - 7/28/2019
Fort Worth OperaPorgy and Bess4/26/2019 - 4/30/2019
Seattle OperaPorgy and Bess8/11/2018 - 8/25/2018
Glimmerglass FestivalPorgy and Bess7/7/2017 - 8/21/2017
Opera BirminghamPorgy and Bess9/16/2016 - 9/18/2016
Lyric Opera of ChicagoPorgy and Bess11/11/2014 - 12/19/2014
Opéra de MontréalPorgy and Bess1/1/2014 - 2/2/2014
Cincinnati OperaPorgy and Bess6/28/2012 - 7/8/2012
OperaDelawarePorgy and Bess5/4/2012 - 5/4/2012
Seattle OperaPorgy and Bess7/7/2011 - 8/20/2011


Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
03:00

Number of Acts
3

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)



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