Sarai Elizabeth Cole & Rebecca Hargrove Discuss the Black Community's Love-Hate Relationship With 'Porgy and Bess' - Opera Wire
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Porgy and Bess” is arguably America’s most celebrated and beloved opera.

Following its premiere in 1935, the opera by George Gershwin about an African-American community in Charleston, South Carolina has become a mainstay of opera houses across the world, receiving major productions at theatres like the Houston Grand Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, and the Metropolitan Opera. “Porgy” is also one of the rare pieces of…

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