Porgy and Bess is the great American opera — bursting with iconic songs that have moved easily into the worlds of jazz and pop, becoming hits again for generation after generation. Six years after its triumphant Lyric debut, Francesco Zambello's big, beautiful, epic production returns with its finely etched portrait of life in Catfish Row — a vibrant but impoverished African-American community on the South Carolina coast.
There's Crown, the brutish thug; Sportin' Life, the smooth-talking drug peddler; Bess, the good-time girl who finally finds love with the goodhearted Porgy; and Porgy himself, the lame beggar who's the strongest of them all — an unquenchable spirit who'll stop at nothing to reclaim the woman he loves.
Lyric Opera presentation generously made possible by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, and Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Production owned by Washington National Opera.
Sportin' LifeJermaine Smith
MariaGwendolyn Brown† †
Set DesignerPeter J. Davison
Costume DesignerPaul Tazewell
Lighting DesignerMark McCullough
Chorus MasterMichael Black
† † Alumna, Ryan Opera Center
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