Porgy and Bess
PORGY AND BESS
Gershwin’s masterpiece enters the Opéra de Montréal repertory with an all-black cast. The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir makes its big company debut, alongside Canadian Measha Brueggergosman. Marie-Josée Lord returns to the Opéra de Montréal. The brilliant score features a string of hits, from the immortal Summertime to My Man’s Gone Now.
Tales of love and death in a small fishing community in South Carolina. Beautiful Bess tries to escape her troubled past. But her former lover, the bully Crown, threatens her from the shadows. Can crippled Porgy, who is madly in love with Bess, save her?
- Opera in 3 acts
- Libretto: DuBose Heyward, after his novel; lyrics by Heyward and Ira Gerswhin
- Premiere: Alvin Theatre, New York, October 10, 1935
- Sung in English with English-French surtitles
- Coproduction: Cleveland, Dallas, Florida Grand, Houston Grand, Los Angeles Music Center, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco
- In association with: The Orange County Performing Arts Center
Première at the company
Porgy Jonathan Lemalu / Bess Measha Brueggergosman / Crown Lester Lynch / Sportin' Life Steven Cole / Robbins Larry D. Hylton / Serena Marie-Josée Lord / Jake Michael Preacely / Clara Chantale Nurse / Maria Kathy Daniel / Conductor Wayne Marshall / Stage Director Lemuel Wade / Set Designer Ken Foy / Costume Designer Judy Dearing / Lighting Designer Anne Catherine Simard-Deraspe / Sound Effects Steven Canyon Kennedy / Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Jonathan Lemalu (New Zealand)
Measha Brueggergosman (Canada)
Lester Lynch (United States)
Marie-Josée Lord (Canada)
Chantale Nurse (Canada)
Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir (Canada)
Wayne Marshall (United Kingdom)
Kenneth Foy (USA)
Judy Dearing (USA)
Steven Canyon Kennedy (USA)
Lemuel Wade (USA)
Anne-Catherine Simard-Deraspe (Canada)
A dynamic and “user-friendly” introduction to the performance. Hosted by musicologist Pierre Vachon, this get-together is like a journey into the heart of the work’s music and history, its libretto and its symbols, the production’s artists, etc.
- Language: in French with brief summary in English.
- Duration: 30 minutes
- Place: Piano Nobile, salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
- Time: 6:30 pm
- Cost: Free for subscribers ; $5 for general public