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Porgy and Bess:?Opera or Broadway show?

July 6, 2012
The Marietta Times

Following the premiere of Porgy and Bess in 1935, questions arose as to whether it should be performed as an opera with recitatives or as musical theater with spoken dialogue. For many years after 1942, Porgy and Bess appeared as a broadway show with spoken dialogue, however, Gershwin's version was and remains today as an opera. The upcoming performance of Porgy and Bess in Cincinnati on Sunday, July 8, will be the operative version with recitatives and full symphony orchestra. It will feature internationally known opera singers: Canadian superstar soprano Meashaa Brueggergosm as Bess, and bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu as Porgy. An excursion, to Cincinnati, open to the public, is sponsored and planned by the Marietta College Institute for Learning in Retirement.



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