The Palmetto Opera Presents
A Concert with Operatic Soloists and Piano
THE BEST OF PORGY AND BESS AND MUCH MORE!
Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, September 30, when The Palmetto Opera will present a wonderful concert with piano featuring highlights from “Porgy & Bess” and selections from the world’s best loved operatic arias and musical theater songs! Six professional opera singers: Soprano, Indira Mahaja, Baritone, Brandon Coleman, Soprano, Diana Amos, Soprano, Angela Blalock, tenor, Elliott Brown and Baritone, Peter Barton will delight everyone – accompanied by pianist, Claudio Olivera. Artistic Director is Giorgio Lalov. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of the concert.
PORGY AND BESS opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York on October 10, 1935. 124 performances. An opera by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin. PORGY AND BESS is probably the most famous and most successful American opera from the twentieth century and at times has been the most controversial. Based on DuBose Heyward’s novel, PORGY, and the play that was adapted from it by Heyward and his wife Dorothy, it has long been considered the crowning achievement in the stellar careers of all of the authors. Since its debut in 1935, the story of the crippled beggar transformed by his unexpected and improbable love for Bess, has been performed all over the world by theatre and opera companies. The landmark 1953 Broadway revival toured for years as a goodwill ambassador on behalf of the U.S. State Department, and in 1959 the opera was filmed by Samuel Goldwyn. In 1993 Trevor Nunn’s lauded staging for Glyndebourne Opera and the Royal Opera at Covent Garden was televised