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George Gershwin miraculously melded classical idioms, jazz, blues and spirituals in this quintessentially American masterpiece about a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves, and the community that sustains them both. Eric Owens (Porgy) and Laquita Mitchell (Bess) lead an amazing cast, pulling the audience into the intricate world of Catfish Row. Recorded live in 2009 at the War Memorial Opera House, conductor John DeMain, whose 1976 recording of Porgy and Bess won a Grammy, leads the triumphant cast.
REGION CODE NTSC: 0
PICTURE FORMAT: NTSC 16:9
SOUND FORMATS: PCM-STEREO DD 5.1 DTS 5.1
German, French, Japanese, Korean
Works on This Recording
Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
Eric Owens (Baritone),
Laquita Mitchell (Soprano),
Karen Slack (Soprano),
Chauncey Packer (Tenor),
Lester Lynch (Baritone)
San Francisco Opera Orchestra,
San Francisco Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935; USA
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
True classic April 22, 2014
By Marina Y. (Richmond Hill, NY) See All My Reviews
"I was touched by the story, music, singing, acting. I would like to see it on a stage, in NYC. It is surprising that this opera is not staged at Met. Italian operas are very good but Porgy and Bess is exceptionally good as well."