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George Gershwin miraculously melded classical music, popular song, jazz, blues and spirituals in this quintessentially American masterpiece that tells the poignant story of a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves, and the community that sustains them both. General Director David Gockley, whose association with Porgy and Bess restored it to a mainstay of the operatic repertoire, presents director Francesca Zambello's critically acclaimed production.
“Dazzling and remarkable!” –San Jose Mercury News
“Triumphant! A top-notch, sold-out Porgy and Bess.” –San Francisco Examiner
And praise from the San Francisco Chronicle:
A “powerful Porgy and Bess…persuasively led by conductor John DeMain and sung by a strong cast headed by Eric Owens and Laquita Mitchell in the title roles…. Owens brought vocal heft and dramatic sensitivity to the part of Porgy. Mitchell gave an evocative performance as Bess, compounded of tempestuous need and penitence. Lester Lynch was a convincingly thuggish Crown, and the handsome, ill-fated couple Clara and Jake were superbly played by soprano Angel Blue and baritone Eric Greene.”