Following the amazing reception of the 2019/20 season, James Robinson’s acclaimed landmark American classic Porgy and Bess will return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2021!
Porgy and Beth are rich portrayals of forgotten times, but the themes are as fresh as ever. In the residential area of Charleston, South Carolina, Catfish Street is a close-knit, impoverished community. Among them is Poggy, a disabled beggar, who makes a living by pushing goods on his goat carriage. On his way, troublesome Bess was thrown aside after being abandoned by her sadistic, alcoholic lover Crown. As the two try to battle her demons, a bittersweet romance ensues, admitting the chaos and tragedy of the neighborhood.
Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera
Eric Owens and Angel Blue starring as Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan opera. This folk-inspired epic brings us into the center of Charleston in the 1930s. The residents of Catfish Street tell a story full of tension, love, and sadness. And the story of seeking salvation. Including well-loved classics such as “Summer Time”, “I Have Nothing” and “Not necessarily so”.
At the premiere of the 2019-20 season, it broke the box office record. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue reunited as champions to lead a superb ensemble, including soprano Jane Brugg as Clara and soprano Latonia Moore As Serena, soprano Dennis Graves as Maria, tenor Frederick Ballentin as Sportin’ Life, bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Crown, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green (Ryan Speedo Green) plays Jack. David Robertson once again stepped onto the podium to conduct the command.
Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles, headlining a phenomenal ensemble cast. The performance also features soprano Golda Schultz and bass-baritone Donovan Singletary as Clara and Jake, soprano Latonia Moore as Serena, and tenor Frederick Ballentine and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Sportin’ Life and Crown. And as the community matriarch Maria, veteran mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves delivers a scene-stealing performance. David Robertson conducts this beloved score, which includes a number of melodies that have become classic American standards.
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