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Porgy and Bess


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Opera in three acts
Music by George Gershwin Book and lyrics by DUBOSE HEYWARD and IRA GERSHWIN
Last summer's highly-acclaimed Glyndebourne Festival production
Act 1 and Act 2, scenes 1 and 2


Music By: George Gershwin
Unknown: Dubose Heyward
Unknown: Ira Gershwin
Leader: David Nolan
Conducted By: Simon Rattle
Porgy, a crippled beggar: Willard White (bass-Baritone)
Crown, a brutish, heavy-drinking stevedore: Gregg Baker (baritone)
Bess, his girlfriend and later Porgy's: Cynthia Haymon (soprano)
Sportin' Life, a drug-pusher: Damon Evans (tenor)
Robbins, a fisherman: Johnny Worthy (tenor)
Serena, his wife: Cynthia Clarey (soprano)
Jake, another fisherman: Bruce Hubbard (baritone)
Clara, his wife: Harolyn Blackwell (soprano)
Maria, her neighbour: Marietta Simpson (contralto)
Peter, the honeyman: Mervin Wallace (tenor)
Lily, his wife: Dorothy Ross (mezzo-Soprano)
Undertaker: Autris Paige (baritone)
Lawyer Frazier: William Johnson (baritone)
Mingo: Barrington Coleman (tenor)
Crabman: Colenton Freeman (tenor)
Strawberry woman: Maureen Brathwaite (mezzo-Sop)

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