Porgy and Bess
June 28 & 30, July 6 • 7:30 p.m.
July 8 • 3 p.m.
Music by George Gershwin
Libretto by DuBose 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.