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The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess: ‘America’s folk opera’, written by George and Ira Gershwin, became the voice of the ‘black roots’. A combination of music, dance, and emotion, it tells a heartbreaking story set in a black neighbourhood in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 20th century. Crippled beggar Porgy falls in love with drug-addict Bess, who is married to Crown, a violent stevedore.

In his Met debut, James Robinson masterfully brings to life the tragic love story, directing a dynamic cast, with Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the leading roles.

Production: James Robinson
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
Projection Designer: Luke Halls
Choreographer: Camille A. Brown


Porgy: Eric Owens
Bess: Angel Blue
Crown: Alfred Walker
Clara: Golda Schultz
Serena: Latonia Moore
Maria: Denyce Graves
Sportin’ Life:  Frederick Ballentine
Jake: Donovan Singletary

Conductor David Robertson

Live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

With the support of the Antenna Group

In collaboration with the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls

A production of the Antenna Group

In English, with Greek subtitles