The Met Opera in HD: Porgy and Bess
Met Opera in HD

Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins'
February 02

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 HD Broadcast season. This is an archived view.

The Gershwins' modern American masterpiece returns to the Met for the first time in almost three decades. It may be February, but it will feel like "Summertime."

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America's "folk opera," as the 1935 creators described it, tells the story of disabled beggar Porgy, sung by Eric Owens, and his love for the drug-addicted Bess, portrayed by Angel Blue. Director James Robinson's stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion and heartbreak of its inhabitants. And fans of choreographer Camille A. Brown will be thrilled with her Met debut, and the "daring and intricacy of her vision" (New York Times).

The stellar cast includes Donovan Singletary as fisherman Jake, Golda Schultz as his wife Clara, Latonia Moore as the bereaved widow Serena, Frederick Ballentine as drug dealer Sportin' Life, Alfred Walker as the brutal stevedore Crown and Denyce Graves as Maria, town matriarch and operator of the local cook-shop. David Robertson conducts this stunning new production.

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