Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

The Metropolitan Opera's production of Porgy and Bess in the 2019-20 season broke box office records, and the Gershwins' classic opera is returning to the New York stage. Eric Owens and Angel Blue will headline the opera as the titular couple once more. Stay tuned for information about when Porgy and Bess tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide.

Porgy and Bess is an opera about two unlikely lovers, a disabled beggar and a young woman newly separated from her husband, Crown. Bess is scorned by many of the women in her South Carolina tenement, and matters are only made worse when her husband flees to escape a murder charge. As Bess is newly left on her own, Porgy is the only man who welcomes her, and they begin a romance. But between the imminent return of Crown, an intoxicating stranger's promise of a glamorous New York life for Bess, and even natural disaster, there is plenty that threatens to keep the couple apart.

Unlike most operas, Porgy and Bess did not premiere in an opera house, but rather on Broadway in October 1935. It has been revived multiple times since and toured across America, finally landing at The Met in February 1985. The Met has since produced the Porgy and Bess opera in 1986, 1989 and 1990, leading up to its 2019 production created by David Robertson, transferred from a 2018 run in London. The 2019 company recorded a live cast album that garnered a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2021.

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Running time: 
3 hours 30 minutes
George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
James Robinson
Donald Holder
Michael Yeargan
Camille A. Brown
Catherine Zuber
Cast list:
Eric Owens (Porgy), Angel Blue (Bess), Janai Brugger (Clara), Latonia Moore (Serena), Denyce Graves (Maria), Frederick Ballentine (Sportin’ Life), Alfred Walker (Crown), Ryan Speedo Green (Jake)
Other info:
Projection design by Luke Halls, Fight direction by David Leong, Conducted by David Robertson
Porgy and Bess Performance Dates & Times
Opening date: 
October 31, 2021
December 12, 2021
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