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Des Moines Metro Opera Presents The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Aug. 08, 2022

Led by director Tazewell Thompson and conductor Michael Ellis Ingram, Des Moines Metro Opera presented an exciting new production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess as part of their 2022 Summer Festival. 

Set in Charleston, South Carolina, Porgy and Bess tells the story of a disabled beggar, Porgy, who is trying to create a home for himself and his lover, Bess. The great American operatic masterpiece includes a number of well-known arias including “Summertime,” “Bess, You is My Woman Now,” and “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin.”

As part of the run, Des Moines Metro Opera's resident opera lecturer Joshua Borths created a new season of the company's "Overtures" podcast. The Porgy and Bess Overtures podcast presented two insightful episodes. Part 1 featured general background information about the show and Part 2 featured a fascinating conversation between Mr. Borths and DMMO Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Naomi André

Click here to listen to Overtures: Part 1 >
Click here to listen to Overtures: Part 2 > 

(Dr. Naomi André leads a conversation with director Tazewell Thompson and conductor Michael Ellis Ingram
as they share their perspectives on the Gershwins' celebrated opera, Porgy and Bess)

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Porgy and Bess (1935)
an opera in three acts
libretto (En) by DuBose Heyward
lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin
founded on the play “Porgy” by Dorothy and DuBose Heyward
for 4 sopranos, 2 mezzo-soprano, alto, boy soprano, 6 tenors, 5 baritones, bass-baritone, speaking roles and chorus
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