The Gershwins’
Porgy and Bess

july 20, 25, & 27, 2019 | 7:30 PM
july 28, 2019 | 3:00 PM
Music Hall

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

Bess  Talise Trevigne
Porgy  Morris Robinson
Crown  Nmon Ford
Sporting Life  Frederick Ballentine, Jr.
Clara  Janai Brugger
Jake  Reginald Smith, Jr.
Serena  Indra Thomas
Maria  La’Shelle Allen

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.

Learn More

Opera Insights
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.