George Gershwin, already hugely popular through his musicals and dance numbers, harnessed jazz, blues, ragtime and spirituals in this his magnum opus, scored for large orchestra and chorus and featuring a parade of vivid solo roles.
John Wilson will conduct a cast that includes Eric Greene as Porgy, Cardiff Singer of the World 2005, soprano Nicole Cabell as Bess, and Nmon Ford as the tyrannical Crown.
Fast-rising star Nadine Benjamin, lovely as the Countess in English Touring Opera's excellent The Marriage of Figaro, makes her ENO debut as Clara. Watch out for her at Opera Holland Park this summer in Mascagni’s Isabeau.
Porgy and Bess is packed full of wonderful numbers: 'Summertime, and the livin' is easy... ' is loved far beyond the walls of the opera house. Hear it in context and be even more moved.
Booking is open now. Click here for the entire ENO season 2018/19
|What||Porgy and Bess, English National Opera|
|Where||English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
11 Oct 18 – 17 Nov 18, Times vary
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|