Porgy and Bess

Music, Classical and opera
Porgy and Bess
© John Snelling

The Gran Teatre del Liceo rounds out its musical season with a production of George Gershwin's 1930s 'folk opera' about the African-American experience. A jazzy fusion of classical opera and Broadway musical, 'Porgy and Bess' boasts several classics in the song repertoire, including 'Summertime' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So'. Originally set among the teeming black community of Catfish Row, a run-down tenement in 1920s South Carolina, the opera tells of the crippled beggar Porgy's desperate attempts to rescue the beautiful Bess from her twin dependency – on her violent lover Crown and the sleazy dope-dealer Sportin' Life. Portraying Porgy in this production are Xolela Sixaba and Lindile Kula Sr, and Nonhlanhla Yende and Philisa Sibeko take on the role of Bess. Musical direction by Tim Murray, and stage direction by Christine Crouse. In English with Catalan surtitles.

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