Pegasus Opera's Production: Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

Summer 2005

Porgy and Bess, the immortal American opera by George Gershwin, tells the story of a close-knit community living in Catfish Row in the Deep South which is stricken by murder, poverty, drugs, tradegy and betrayal whilst remaining full of reilience, pride and diginity.


Based on a mid 1920's novel by DuBose Heyward, the opera has a memorable jazz and blues influenced score featuring classic songs such as 'Summertime', 'I Got Plenty O' Nuttin', 'It Ain't Necessarily So' and 'Boat for New York'.


The 2005 summer production featured some of the most prominent black artists from the international opera stage including, Alison Buchanan, Daniel Washington, Gregg Baker,  Bernard Abervandana, Ronald Samm, Moureen Brathwaite, and Hyacinth Nicholls.

The BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Wayne Marshall - world renowned for his command of the works of Gershwin - was supported by one of Britain's most popular choruses, Crouch End Festival Chorus.



Pegasus Opera Company gave a Concert Performance of Porgy and Bess at the Barbican Concert Hall, London with the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2005 dedicated to the memory of murdered South London school boy Stephen Lawrence, the victim of racial attack.  

A Gala performance of Porgy and Bess helped to raise funds for the charities, Hope and Homes for Children and War Child International Network.




" (Marshall) is an electrifying conductor and drew from the BBC Concert Orchestra a whipcrack perfromance totally idiomatic in its jazzy overtone, with outstanding work from the brass "

The Guardian on Wayne Marshall