Porgy and Bess
Find yourself transfixed by one of James Robinson’s most fashionable productions. America’s beloved opera returns to the MET after nearly 30 years, showcasing zesty music and beautiful dance choreography. This critically acclaimed opera show is laden with passion and heartbreak, and it promises to keep you captivated throughout the show.
Why You Should Watch Porgy and Bess
Composed by the famous American composer, George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess had its first-ever performance on the 30th of September, 1935, in the city of Boston. It was an adaptation of the play Porgy, by DuBose Heyward, which was also an adaptation of the namesake novel, by Heyward. The original opera was iconic because it featured a cast of African-American singers who were all classically trained musicians. This bold artistic choice was not accepted well at the time, however, the show exploded in popularity after it was performed at the Houston Grand Opera in 1976. Porgy and Bess is essentially a folk tale. Gershwin didn’t want to lose that essence, so he composed his own folk and spiritual songs that were designed especially for the opera.
The production by James Robinson features Eric Owens and Angel Blue, who take up the title roles. Eric Owens is an American bass-baritone who has performed in both classical opera as well as more modern works. He has won two Grammy Awards, a Marian Anderson Award, and also placed first in the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition. Moreover, Owens won the MET Opera National Council Auditions in 1996. Angel Blue is an American soprano who also performs in classical crossovers. She is world-renowned for her bright higher register and a ‘smoky’ middle register. Blue’s ability to seamlessly switch between a classical and contemporary sound, while still having mesmerising timbre, has made her one of the most popular operatic singers. With David Robertson conducting a stellar cast, the production is highly anticipated. The Guardian commended the show, when it first premiered back in 2018, saying that it was one of the best renditions of George Gershwin’s opera.
The opera follows the same plot that the stage play depicts. Porgy and Bess showcases the story of a black street-tramp, Porgy, who lives in the Charleston slums. A disabled man who moves around in a cart, Porgy finds himself enthralled by Bess, a sensual woman. Bess, however, is involved with Crown, an aggressive thug, and Sportin’ Life, a drug dealer. When Crown murders a man and disappears, trying to stay under the radar, Bess finds shelter with Porgy. However, when Crown returns, will Porgy be able to protect Bess from her possessive lover, and take a final stand?
Fans of George Gershwin | Fans of Crossover Operas
“James Robinson’s staging is timeless but wholehearted and handsome. If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how to do it.”
- The Guardian
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 8 and up.
The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800.
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.
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This experience cannot be cancelled, rescheduled, or amended.
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Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA
Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.
Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Av/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.
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