Metropolitan Opera: Porgy and Bess

Jan 31, 2020

Eric Owens as Porgy and Angel Blue as Bess in the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess."
Credit Paola Kudacki / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

The great American opera features bass-baritone Eric Owens as the humble Porgy, and soprano Angel Blue as his beloved Bess, a woman struggling to escape abuse and addiction.

An acclaimed ensemble cast of opera stars portrays the tight-knit African-American community of Catfish Row. It includes Golda Schultz as the young mother Clara, Latonia Moore as the religious Serena, and Denyce Graves as the matriarch Maria. Frederick Ballentine is the drug dealer Sportin’ Life, Alfred Walker is the brutal Crown, and Donovan Singletary is Clara’s husband Jake.

David Robertson conducts the Met Orchestra and the Porgy and Bess Chorus in this unforgettable score. The opera is performed in the new production by James Robinson that opened the Met season in the fall.

Broadway star Audra McDonald, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Bess in the 2012 Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess, hosts the Live in HD transmission of the opera, and will interview the artists during intermission.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 1.

To view the complete libretto, click here.