Pegasus Opera's Production: Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess
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.
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.