Porgy and Bess

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George Gershwin


DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin


10 October 1935, New York (Alvin Theatre)




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About the opera Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess is an opera, first performed in 1935, with music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward. It was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row (based on the area of Cabbage Row) in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s.
Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an "American folk opera", Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers—a daring artistic choice at the time. Gershwin chose the African-American musician Eva Jessye as the choral director for the opera.
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Roles in Porgy and Bess

Porgy Bass-Baritone
Bess Soprano
Crown Baritone
Sporting Life Tenor
Robbins Tenor
Serena Soprano
Jake Baritone
Clara Soprano

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Arias from Porgy and Bess
Duets from Porgy and Bess

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Oh! the train is at the stationPorgy and BessGershwin1ariasopranoEnglishBess
2A woman is a sometime thingPorgy and BessGershwin1ariabaritoneEnglishJake
3Summertime and living is easyPorgy and BessGershwin1ariasopranoEnglishClara
4My man's gone nowPorgy and BessGershwin1ariasopranoEnglishSerena
5We're leavin' for the Promise LandPorgy and BessGershwin1ariasopranoEnglishBess
6OverflowPorgy and BessGershwin1 or 2 English
7Listen to your daddy warn youPorgy and BessGershwin1.01ariabaritoneEnglishJake
8OverturePorgy and BessGershwin1.01instrumentaln/aEnglishn/a
9It take a log pull to get therePorgy and BessGershwin2ariabaritoneEnglishJake/Fishermen
10Buzzard keep on flyin' overPorgy and BessGershwin2ariabass-baritoneEnglishPorgy
11Bess you is my woman nowPorgy and BessGershwin2duetB-Br SEnglishPorgy/Bess
12I got plenty o'nuttingPorgy and BessGershwin2ariabass-baritoneEnglishPorgy
13It ain't necessarily soPorgy and BessGershwin2ariatenorEnglishSporting Life
14Oh! I can't sit downPorgy and BessGershwin2 or 3 English
15Oh! I'am going outPorgy and BessGershwin2.01ariabaritoneEnglishJake
16What you want wid BessPorgy and BessGershwin2.02ariasopranoEnglishBess
17A red headed womanPorgy and BessGershwin2.04ariabaritoneEnglishCrown
18Bess oh where is my Bess?Porgy and BessGershwin3ariabass-baritoneEnglishPorgy
19Oh! Lord I'm on my wayPorgy and BessGershwin3ariabass-baritoneEnglishPorgy
20I love you PorgyPorgy and BessGershwin3ariasopranoEnglishBess
21There's a boat dat's leavin' for NewYorkPorgy and BessGershwin3ariatenorEnglishSporting Life
22Gone gone gonePorgy and BessGershwinEnglish