Met Opera HD — Porgy and Bess (New Production)

    February 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm America/Toronto Timezone

    Conductor: David Robertson
    Production: James Robinson
    Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
    Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
    Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
    Projection Designer: Luke Halls

    Cast: David Robertson; Angel Blue (Bess), Golda Schultz (Clara), Latonia Moore (Serena),
    Denyce Graves (Maria), Frederick Ballentine (Sportin’ Life), Eric Owens (Porgy), Alfred
    Walker (Crown), Donovan Singletary (Jake)

    The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess returns to the Met for the first time since 1990, in a new
    production directed by James Robinson in his company debut. America’s “folk opera,” as the
    1935 creators described it, tells the story of disabled beggar Porgy, sung by Eric Owens, and
    his love for the drug-addicted Bess, portrayed by Angel Blue. David Robertson conducts a
    stellar cast that also includes Donovan Singletary as fisherman Jake, Golda Schultz as his
    wife Clara, Latonia Moore as the bereaved widow Serena, Frederick Ballentine as drug
    dealer Sportin’ Life, Alfred Walker as the brutal stevedore Crown, and Denyce Graves as
    Maria, town matriarch and operator of the local cook-shop. Infused with the timeless melodies
    of the much-loved classics “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess, You Is My
    Woman Now,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin,” and “My Man’s Gone Now,” the new co-production
    with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera was hailed as a triumph at its
    premiere in London earlier this year.