Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess in a revival of the acclaimed production from renowned director Francesca Zambello, conducted by Ward Stare. It opens on Monday, November 17 with 13 performances through Saturday, December 20.
George Gershwin’s masterpiece of 1935 has lyrics by Ira Gershwin (the composer’s brother) and Dorothy Heyward, and a libretto by Mrs. Heyward’s husband, DuBose Heyward. The opera is based on the 1927 Broadway play Porgy by Mr. and Mrs. Heyward and Mr. Heyward’s own novel of the same name, written in 1924.
Those attending the opera can also enjoy the exhibit DON GIOVANNI: Past to Present before curtain and during intermission of all Lyric performances. This new exhibit is located in the Opera Club Wine Cellar on the lower level of the Civic Opera House and showcases the 60 year history of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Lyric, paying tribute to Lyric’s brand new production. It’s free to all ticket holders and will be on display through December.
The November 17 opening night performance of Porgy and Bess will be broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and streamed on www.wfmt.com beginning at 7:15pm. For those listening to the broadcast, live mobile titles will be available at lyricoperalive.org.