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Washington National Opera: Porgy and Bess
2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM
In English with Projected English Titles
Original WNO Production with Sets from The Glimmerglass Festival
Its summertime, and the livin is easyin Catfish Row, a working-class fishing town in South Carolina. When a murder shakes the community and tempts the strongheaded Bess to return to her drug-filled past, Porgy, a crippled beggar, becomes her unlikely refuge. As a hurricane descends and Besss brutish old flame returns, shell find herself torn between Porgys steadfast love and the dark demons that tug her elsewhere.
Francesca Zambellos adaptation of Gershwins beloved folk opera returns after playing to critical acclaim across renowned opera stages. Often considered the first great American opera, Porgy and Bess soars with original music melding jazz, gospel, and folk styles, from the gentle duet Bess, You Is My Woman Now to the instantly recognizable Summertime lullaby. Themes of community resilience, acceptance, and redemption weave through this poignant story, ultimately asking if even the most unwavering of loves can conquer the force of personal addiction.