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Performer: Frederick Ballentine

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AmsterdamPorgy and BessNew production

Porgy and Bess
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
James Gaffigan; James Robinson; Dutch National Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Eric Owens; Adina Aaron

LondonPorgy and BessNew production

Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
John Wilson; James Robinson; English National Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Eric Greene; Nicole Cabell
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Porgy and Bess at ENO: Gershwin's music the winner

Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
Porgy and Bess isn’t a perfect opera, but English National Opera's new production is a strong one. 
****1
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Zambello’s Porgy and Bess at Glimmerglass

Musa Ngqungwana (Porgy) © Karli Cadel
Glimmerglass’ Porgy and Bess proves one more time that Gershwin’s opus remains America’s most important 20th-century opera.
****1
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Opera in Jazz: Terence Blanchard's Champion

Arthur Woodley (Emile Griffith) © Scott Suchman for WNO
Washington National Opera continues its cycle of social justice operas.
***11
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Young voices shine in Glimmerglass' The Crucible

Mary Beth Nelson (Betty), Ariana Wehr (Abigail), Emma Grimsley (Ruth), Molly Jane Hill (Susanna) © Karli Cadel | Glimmerglass Opera
Francesca Zambello stages a new production of Robert Ward's opera The Crucible at the Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York. 
***11
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Waves of spiritual energy: Pärt and Mozart in LA

Gustavo Dudamel © Mark Hanauer
A bird's-eye view of Gustavo Dudamel's opening concert in the LA Phil's Mozart-Pärt cycle.