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English National Opera: Porgy and Bess

  • Music, Classical and opera
'Porgy and Bess' at ENO
'Porgy and Bess' at ENO

Time Out says

George and Ira Gershwin's jazz opera 'Porgy and Bess' is full of moody, swoony music, including unforgettable numbers like 'Summertime'. Since its first staging in 1937, it's been controversial: some condemned it for reinforcing African-American stereotypes in its depicting of a poor, struggling community, while others have seen it as a vital part of American history. With a score that draws on blues, spirituals and ragtime, it makes an undeniably powerful showcase for the talents of its performers. 

English National Opera is staging 'Porgy and Bess' for the first time ever, in a production that's directed by James Robinson, the artistic director of Opera St Louis. The cast includes Eric Greene and Nicole Cabell in the title roles, and Latonia Moore as Serena, in a return to the ENO following her memorable performance as 'Aida'.


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