“One of these mornin’s you goin’ to rise up singin’, then you’ll spread yo’ wings an’ you’ll take the sky’
Cape Town Opera's smash-hit production of Porgy and Bess returns to the UK. Unveiled in 2009, the production had British critics reaching for superlatives, praising the company’s “fierce energy” (The Telegraph), “collective fervour” (The Independent), “the magnificence of the soloists” (The Spectator) and the “vivacious staging” (The Times).
While the highlights of this American folk opera by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward (including the songs ‘Summertime’, ‘Bess, you is my woman now’ and ‘It ain’t necessarily so’) have been embraced by singers from many genres since the piece was first heard in 1935, it took some time (along with countless revisions and adaptations) before the piece took its rightful place in the international operatic canon. Christine Crouse’s passionate, vibrant and highly detailed staging, set in Soweto in the 1970s, sheds an entirely new light on the piece, against Michael Mitchell’s haunting set of ramshackle buildings, abandoned billboards and fences cutting into a brooding sky.
Please note: For events with surtitles, seats in the Dress Circle and Upper Circle may not include a view of the surtitles, but do provide a full uninterrupted view of the stage.