September 30, 1935
Porgy and Bess
Composer:George Gershwin
Librettist:DuBose HeywardIra Gershwin

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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Greensboro OperaPorgy and Bess1/21/2022 - 11/15/2020
New Orleans Opera AssociationPorgy and Bess4/30/2021 - 5/2/2021
Washington National OperaPorgy and Bess3/9/2020 - 3/23/2020
Atlanta OperaPorgy and Bess3/7/2020 - 3/15/2020
Metropolitan OperaPorgy and Bess1/8/2020 - 10/16/2019
Cincinnati OperaPorgy and Bess7/20/2019 - 7/28/2019
The Cleveland OperaPorgy and Bess6/1/2019 - 6/1/2019
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
Atlanta OperaPorgy and Bess2/2/2011 - 3/6/2011
New Orleans Opera AssociationPorgy and Bess10/15/2010 - 10/17/2010
Dayton OperaPorgy and Bess10/10/2010 - 10/30/2010
Opera CarolinaPorgy and Bess5/5/2010 - 5/16/2010
Virginia OperaPorgy and Bess4/4/2010 - 5/8/2010
El Paso OperaPorgy and Bess3/13/2010 - 3/13/2010
San Antonio OperaPorgy and Bess3/5/2010 - 3/5/2010
Washington National OperaPorgy and Bess3/3/2010 - 4/4/2010
San Francisco OperaPorgy and Bess6/6/2009 - 6/27/2009
Baltimore Opera CompanyPorgy and Bess5/5/2009 - 5/17/2009
Pittsburgh Festival OperaPorgy and Bess2/2/2009 - 2/15/2009
Lyric Opera of ChicagoPorgy and Bess11/11/2008 - 12/18/2008
San Francisco OperaPorgy and Bess6/6/2008 - 6/27/2008
Opera BirminghamPorgy and Bess4/4/2008 - 4/26/2008
Opera ModestoPorgy and Bess2/2/2008 - 3/3/2008
Dallas OperaPorgy and Bess2/2/2008 - 3/3/2008
Opera QueenslandPorgy and Bess8/2/2007 - 8/8/2007
State Opera of South AustraliaPorgy and Bess7/7/2007 - 7/14/2007
Los Angeles OperaPorgy and Bess5/5/2007 - 5/20/2007
Tulsa OperaPorgy and Bess4/4/2007 - 4/22/2007
Opera PhiladelphiaPorgy and Bess2/2/2007 - 2/24/2007
Opera MemphisPorgy and Bess10/10/2006 - 10/14/2006
Michigan Opera TheatrePorgy and Bess10/10/2006 - 11/11/2006
Opera PacificPorgy and Bess10/5/2006 - 10/10/2006
Mobile OperaPorgy and Bess1/1/2006 - 1/28/2006
Atlanta OperaPorgy and Bess11/1/2005 - 11/19/2005
Edmonton OperaPorgy and Bess5/1/2005 - 5/8/2005
Natchez Opera FestivalPorgy and Bess5/1/2005 - 5/7/2005
Pensacola OperaPorgy and Bess2/1/2005 - 2/18/2005
Piedmont OperaPorgy and Bess4/1/2004 - 4/6/2004
Opera CarolinaPorgy and Bess2/1/2004 - 2/8/2004
Opera TampaPorgy and Bess11/1/2003 - 11/15/2003
Nashville OperaPorgy and Bess2/28/2003 - 3/3/2003
Shreveport OperaPorgy and Bess2/1/2003 - 2/1/2003
Amarillo OperaPorgy and Bess11/1/2002 - 11/10/2002
Opera IdahoPorgy and Bess10/10/2002 - 10/25/2002
Orlando OperaPorgy and Bess4/4/2002 - 4/28/2002
New Orleans Opera AssociationPorgy and Bess4/4/2002 - 4/13/2002
Fort Worth OperaPorgy and Bess3/3/2002 - 3/17/2002
New York City OperaPorgy and Bess3/2/2002 - 3/22/2002
Opera PhiladelphiaPorgy and Bess4/4/2001 - 5/6/2001
Dayton OperaPorgy and Bess3/3/2001 - 3/11/2001
Indianapolis OperaPorgy and Bess10/10/2000 - 10/14/2000
Opera ColoradoPorgy and Bess4/29/2000 - 4/29/2000
Virginia OperaPorgy and Bess4/4/2000 - 4/30/2000
New York City OperaPorgy and Bess3/3/2000 - 3/25/2000
Mercury Opera RochesterPorgy and Bess10/22/1999 - 10/22/1999
Augusta OperaPorgy and Bess3/13/1999 - 3/13/1999
Michigan Opera TheatrePorgy and Bess5/5/1998 - 6/14/1998
Connecticut OperaPorgy and Bess4/4/1998 - 4/26/1998
Eugene OperaPorgy and Bess4/2/1998 - 4/4/1998
Mercury Opera RochesterPorgy and Bess1/1/1998 - 1/11/1998
State Opera of South AustraliaPorgy and Bess4/4/1997 - 4/4/1997
Opera ModestoPorgy and Bess2/2/1997 - 2/9/1997
Opera CarolinaPorgy and Bess4/4/1996 - 4/27/1996
Portland OperaPorgy and Bess7/7/1995 - 7/29/1995
Los Angeles OperaPorgy and Bess6/6/1995 - 6/18/1995
San Francisco OperaPorgy and Bess5/1/1995 - 6/1/1995
The Cleveland OperaPorgy and Bess4/1/1995 - 4/9/1995
San Diego Opera AssociationPorgy and Bess3/1/1995 - 3/12/1995
Seattle OperaPorgy and Bess3/1/1995 - 3/25/1995
Dallas OperaPorgy and Bess2/1/1995 - 2/26/1995
Houston Grand OperaPorgy and Bess1/1/1995 - 2/1/1995
Orlando OperaPorgy and Bess1/1/1994 - 1/9/1994
Edmonton OperaPorgy and Bess3/1/1993 - 3/5/1993
Opera SaratogaPorgy and Bess8/1/1992 - 8/9/1992
Virginia OperaPorgy and Bess3/1/1992 - 3/20/1992
Opera RoanokePorgy and Bess2/1/1992 - 2/17/1992
Opera MemphisPorgy and Bess10/1/1991 - 10/14/1991
Indianapolis OperaPorgy and Bess9/1/1991 - 9/22/1991

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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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