Gershwin’s portrait of life and love on Catfish Row boasts some of the most beloved songs ever written, including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin,’” “I Loves You, Porgy,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” Richly drawn characters experience real-life emotions in this one-of-a-kind masterpiece that combines action, humor, romance, struggle, and celebration to distill something universal about the American experience.
In English with English subtitles | at McCaw HallApproximate Running Time: 3 hours, with 1 intermission
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Audio Preview of Porgy and Bess by General Director Speight Jenkins.
Porgy is here for the first time in over 15 years, and General Director Speight Jenkins reveals which cast members he wouldn't do this opera without as well as explains the merits of Porgy as an opera versus a musical. Maestro John DeMain makes a special appearance to discuss a particular performance that made operatic history.
Seattle favorite Gordon Hawkins appears as the beggar Porgy, with soprano Lisa Daltirus portraying his beloved Bess. John DeMain, who conducted Seattle Opera’s 1987 and 1995 productions of Porgy, returns.
Listen to General Director Speight Jenkins introduce the “greatest American opera,” as well as preview hit tunes such as Summertime. Check back soon for additional tracks from artists and Stage Director Chris Alexander.
A disabled beggar rescues a woman from an abusive relationship only to lose her to a drug dealer in this beloved story, featuring some of the most recognizable songs ever written.
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