Porgy and Bess

More info on Porgy and Bess

Composer:

George Gershwin

Librettist:

DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

Premiere:

10 October 1935, New York (Alvin Theatre)

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Porgy and Bess Synopsis

Libretto:

Porgy and Bess Libretto

Translation(s):

Not entered yet.

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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All scenes from Porgy and Bess

Arias from Porgy and Bess
Duets from Porgy and Bess

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Oh! the train is at the station

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Bess
2A woman is a sometime thing

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Jake
3Summertime and living is easy

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Clara
4My man's gone now

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Serena
5We're leavin' for the Promise Land

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Bess
6Overflow

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1 or 2

Type: Voice: Language: English

Roles:
7Listen to your daddy warn you

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Jake
8Overture

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
9It take a log pull to get there

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Jake
10Buzzard keep on flyin' over

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy
11Bess you is my woman now

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: B-Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy/Bess
12I got plenty o'nutting

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy
13It ain't necessarily so

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Sporting Life
14Oh! I can't sit down

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2 or 3

Type: Voice: Language: English

Roles:
15Oh! I'am going out

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Jake
16What you want wid Bess

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Bess
17A red headed woman

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Crown
18Bess oh where is my Bess?

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy
19Oh! Lord I'm on my way

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy
20I loves you Porgy

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Bess
21There's a boat dat's leavin' for NewYork

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Sporting Life
22Gone gone gone

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct:

Type: Voice: Language: English

Roles: