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Bess you is my woman now

Opera details:

Opera title:

Porgy and Bess

Composer:

George Gershwin

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Porgy and Bess Synopsis

Libretto:

Porgy and Bess Libretto

Translation(s):

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Duet details:

Type:

duet

Role(s):

Porgy / Bess

Voice(s):

Bass-Baritone / Soprano

Act:

2

Previous scene: Buzzard keep on flyin' over
Next scene: I got plenty o'nutting

Bess, You Is My Woman Now

Singer(s): Cynthia Haymon Willard White

From Trevor Nunn's 1993 operatic revival of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess. In this heart-warming scene, Porgy (Willard White) declares his feelings for Bess (Cynthia Haymon) who finally realizes, embraces, and declares her feelings for him. Back Story: After everyone in the hamlet of Catfish Row understandably turned their backs on Bess (the then wild and loose girlfriend of the murderer Crown), Porgy - the village cripple - takes her in. What follows is a Bess' transformation into a lady. However, she still doesn't have feelings for Porgy until this magical exchange. Enjoy!

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

PORGY:
Bess, you is my woman now,
you is, you is!
An' you mus' laugh an' sing an' dance
for two instead of one.
Want no wrinkle on yo' brow,
Nohow,
Because de sorrow of de past is all done done
Oh, Bess, my Bess!

BESS:
Porgy, I's yo' woman now,
I is, I is!
An' I ain't never goin' nowhere 'less you shares de fun.
Dere's no wrinkle on my brow,
Nohow,
But I ain't goin'! You hear me sayin',
If you ain' goin', wid you I'm stayin'!

Porgy, I's yo' woman now!
I's yours forever -
Mornin' time an' evenin' time an'
summer time an' winter time.

PORGY:
Mornin' time an' evenin' time an'
summer time an' winter time.
Bess, you got yo' man.

Bess, you is my woman now and forever.*
Dis life is jes' begun,
Bess, we two is one
Now an' forever.
Oh, bess, don't min' dose women.
You got yo' Porgy.
I knows you means it,
I seen it in yo' eyes, Bess.
We'll go swingin'
Through de years a-singin'.

BESS:
Mornin' time an' evenin' time an'
summer time an' winter time.

PORGY:
Mornin' time an' evenin' time an'
summer time an' winter time.

BESS:
Oh, my Porgy, my man, Porgy.

PORGY: [simultaneously] My bess, my Bess.

Bess: From dis minute I'm tellin' you, I keep dis vow: Porgy, I's yo' woman now.

PORGY: [simultaneously]
From dis minute I'm tellin' you, I keep dis vow:
Oh, my Bessie, we's happy now. We is one now.

*Sung as Bess repeats her part from 'Porgy, I's yo' woman now...'
through 'I's yours forever -'

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