Arts & Culture
For One Night Only: Film Screening of Porgy and Bess
- 8:00 pm
01 February 2020
Festival Theatre | £16
13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh
Live from the Metropolitan: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess!
For the first time ever the Festival Theatre is proud to screen a broadcast from New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
The Gershwins’ modern American masterpiece features the classic Summertime and stars Eric Owens and Angel Blue.
Set in 1920’s South Carolina, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is a thought provoking, gritty and spirited ‘folk opera’.
When Bess is abandoned by her lover, the only person who shows her kindness is the crippled beggar Porgy. They commit to a new life together, but the destructive forces of her violent ex-lover Crown and her drug dealer Sportin’ Life work against Bess to pull the pair apart.
Composer George Gershwin, who also composed Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, infuses a wonderful operatic score with jazz, gospel and blues influence, lush orchestral underscoring and big spiritual chorus numbers. The opera also contains many songs which have become popular jazz and blues covers, including the well-known ‘A Woman Is a Sometime Thing’, ‘I Got Plenty O Nuttin’ and ‘I loves you, Porgy’.
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