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Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess is an English-language opera composed in 1934 by George Gershwin, with a libretto written by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin from Heyward's novel Porgy and later play of the same title. Porgy and Bess was first performed in New York City on September 30, 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers—a daring artistic choice at the time. After an initially unpopular public reception, the Houston Grand Opera production of the opera gained popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed operas. Gershwin read Porgy in 1926 and proposed that he should collaborate with Heyward on Porgy and Bess. In 1934, ... more on Wikipedia

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