By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
Rise up singing.
It was the biggest decision she’d ever made. She was coming clean. No more binges, no more waking up who-knows-where. He would be her happiness, now and always. Morning time and evening time, he would be her strength.
Cincinnati Opera is proud to present the great American opera Porgy and Bess in all its original glory. This is the full operatic version with internationally acclaimed opera singers and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. No rewrites. No reduction of orchestral forces. This is George Gershwin’s gritty and glorious masterpiece Porgy and Bess for the first time on the Cincinnati Opera stage.
Canadian superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman will portray the conflicted Bess. The powerful bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu returns to sing the role of Porgy. Their soaring duet, “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” is a guaranteed goosebumps moment. Other musical highlights include “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” among many others.
WVXU Radio Program: “How Porgy Came to Be” by Evans Mirageas
Video: Evans Mirageas previews The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
In The News!
7.7.12 Opera News Review
7.4.12 CityBeat: It’s All Just Singing, Right?
7.4.12 iSPYCINCY Review: Cincinnati Opera Presents: Porgy and Bess
7.3.12 Cincinnati Enquirer: Madeira siblings take the stage in Cincinnati Opera’s Porgy and Bess
7.3.12 Oakwood Register Review: Cincinnati Opera’s Porgy and Bess enthralling
6.30.12 Opera Lively Review: Porgy and Bess at Cincinnati Opera
6.29.12 Cincinnati Enquirer Review: Forgetting their troubles with song
6.29.12 Music in Cincinnati Review: Porgy and Bess as Gershwin Intended
6.29.12 Cincinnati Enquirer: The pathway to playing Porgy: Bass talks about demanding role
6.29.12 Toronto Star: Measha Brueggergosman talks life and loss
6.26.12 CityBeat: Love Conquers All: Cincinnati Opera channels 1930s Charleston in American Classic
6.25.12 Cincinnati Enquirer Blog: Love duet: Porgy and Bess video of the day
6.24.12 Cincinnati Enquirer: Canada’s superstar soprano embodies Bess
6.20.12 Cincinnati Enquirer Blog: Look for Cincy Shakes trio in Porgy and Bess
6.19.12 WCPO-TV: Tanya O’Rourke interviews Cincinnati Opera’s Porgy, Jonathan Lemalu
6.18.12 Cincinnati Enquirer Blog: Cast quiz: Meet the cast of Porgy and Bess
6.17.12 Cincinnati Enquirer: Meet the Cast: Opera’s Porgy and Bess
6.10.12 Cincinnati Enquirer: Sopranos of Summer
6.1.12 Opera News: Girls of Summer: Measha Brueggergosman
6.1.12 Express Cincinnati: Porgy and Bess comes to Cincinnati (finally!)
6.1.12 Express Cincinnati: Porgy and Bess comes to Cincinnati (finally!) continued