Porgy and Bess
july 20, 25, & 27, 2019 | 7:30 PM
july 28, 2019 | 3:00 PM
Music by George Gershwin
Libretto by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Sung in English with projected lyrics
Rated PG-13 for mature themes
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 forever. Morning time and evening time, he would be her strength.
For only the second time ever, Cincinnati Opera will present the Gershwins’ great American opera Porgy and Bess on the Music Hall stage. Replete with hits including “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and a touching story of love and perseverance in adversity, it will be presented in a “vibrant” (Chicago Tribune) production by Francesca Zambello with costumes by Tony Award-winning Hamilton costume designer, Paul Tazewell. Grammy-nominated soprano Talise Trevigne makes her company debut as Bess with a voice that’s “high and rich and round“ (Washington Post). Bass Morris Robinson, praised for singing with “an extraordinary blend of power and fluidity” (San Francisco Chronicle), leads the cast as Porgy.
Cast & Creative Team
Conductor David Charles Abell
Production Francesca Zambello
Stage Director Garnett Bruce
Scenic Designer Peter J. Davison
Costume Designer Paul Tazewell
Lighting Designer Mark McCullough
Wig & Make-up Designer James Geier
Chorus Master Henri Venanzi
Choreographer Eboni Adams
Scenery originally created for Glimmerglass Festival & Seattle Opera. Costumes from Washington National Opera.
Enhance your Porgy and Bess knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture one hour before each performance in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.