Porgy & Bess: In Concert

The most famous and successful American opera from the twentieth century, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess is presented in a re-imagined concert version featuring a veteran cast. With a landmark score and a cast of up to 13 singers, we take you on a journey covering the complete story of love and loss on Cat­fish Row. This elegant concert presentation melds the dramatic breadth of the opera into an adaptable production that appeals to a variety of audiences. Choose from our 2, 4, or 13 artist variations which can easily be paired with Gershwin’s other masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue.

“This was easily our most popular production of 2016, with at least 75 individuals on our waitlist for the weekend that were unable to get tickets since we sold out with nearly two weeks to spare.” -Toledo Opera and Symphony

“The cast was of a very high calibre, with many Porgy veterans featured.”

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Full Concert Version
In this semi-staged concert version, hear our adaptation of the opera with an all-star cast of 13 singers and two speaking roles, accompanied by a full symphonic orchestra and chorus, with projections available for use.  This favorite has performed to sold-out audiences throughout the country, garnering rave reviews. 
Concert Suite
This reduced concert version of Porgy & Bess was arranged by Andrew Litton for four soloists and chorus, taken directly from the original opera. In this 60-minute tour de force, your audience will experience all of the best moments on Catfish Row, with an arrangement that has graced the greatest symphony and concert stages around the globe.  
Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture
In this version of Porgy & Bess, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett for soprano and baritone soloists, hear some of the “Greatest Hits” from this beloved American Opera.  Robert Russell Bennett has incorporated the principal musical numbers from the opera into one continuous work for concert performance lasting about 40 minutes.  
You Are My Rhapsody in Blue
 A choral version of Rhapsody in Blue, entitled “You Are My Rhapsody in Blue” was arranged by Music Director Michael Fennelly using the existing orchestration and adding brand new choral parts.  Fennelly completed Gershwin’s limited sketches for chorus by adding original lyrics and composing additional and original choral parts.  This 20-minute version can be added to your programmed evening along with one of the works listed above, or with another masterwork. 
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