Porgy and Bess

July 7 - August 21, 2017

George Gershwin/DuBose Heyward & Ira Gershwin

Set in Catfish Row by the shores of Charleston, South Carolina, George Gershwin's classic "folk opera" deals with the attempt of Porgy, a disabled beggar, to create a home for himself and Bess, a young woman whose troubled past threatens to consume her present. Porgy and Bess is one of the pillars of the American opera repertory, with unforgettable melodies including “Summertime,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” and “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin.’"

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Presented in English with projected English text.

This production is generously sponsored by Eugene and Jean Stark.


friday 07
thursday 13
tuesday 18m*
saturday 22m
thursday 27
saturday 29m
monday 31m


saturday 05
monday 07m**SOLD OUT
sunday 13m**SOLD OUT
thursday 17
saturday 19
monday 21m

m = matinee

Above: Musa Ngqungwana as Porgy and Talise Trevigne as Bess. Photo by Karli Cadel

*Limited Availability
**SOLD OUT: Call the Box Office at (607) 547-2255 to be added to the wait list.


Porgy Musa Ngqungwana
Talise Trevigne
Crown Norman Garrett
Sportin' Life Frederick Ballentine
Clara Meroë Khalia Adeeb
Jake Justin Austin
Serena Simone Z. Paulwell
Maria Judith Skinner
Mingo Steven D. Myles
Robbins Chaz'men Williams-Ali
Peter Edward Graves
Jim Nicholas Davis

Undertaker Calvin Griffin
Annie Briana Elyse Hunter
Nelson Elliott Paige
Crab Man Chaz'men Williams-Ali
Detective Zachary Owen
Policeman Brent Michael Smith
Coroner Chris Kjolhede
Scipio Piers Shannon
Strawberry Woman Jasmin White
Lily Gabriella H. Sam

Conductor John DeMain
Director Francesca Zambello
Associate Director Garnett Bruce
Choreographer Eric Sean Fogel
Sets Peter J. Davison
Associate Set Designer Charles Quiggin 
Costumes Paul Tazewell
Associate Costume Designer Loren Shaw
Lighting Mark McCullough
Hair & Makeup J. Jared Janas & Dave Bova
Projected Text Kelley Rourke