Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' From the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Saturday, July 04, 2015
Join us at 1 pm for a Fourth of July broadcast of the great American opera Porgy and Bess, recorded this past season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Directed by Francesca Zambello – who created the production for the Washington National Opera in 2008 – the opera is known for its epic beauty as well as its focus on issues of racial segregation.
A story of redemption, poverty and love, the opera takes place in a lively African-American community of Catfish Row on the South Carolina coast in the 1930s.
The opera stars Eric Owens as Porgy, the kindhearted beggar who is determined to reclaim the woman he loves, and Adina Aaron as Bess, a fun-loving girl who finds love with the sympathetic Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by handsome smooth-talker Crown (Eric Greene) and slimy drug-peddler Sportin’ Life (Jermaine Smith).
Porgy: Eric Owens
Bess: Adina Aaron
Crown: Eric Greene
Sportin’ Life: Jermaine Smith
Clara: Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi
Conductor: Ward Stare
Director: Francesca Zambello
In this clip, Owens talks with host Naomi Lewin about how Porgy can be a "blessing and a curse" and how he approaches the role: