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A thoroughly worthy Porgy and Bess opens the Met's season

Eric Owens (Porgy) and Angel Blue (Bess) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
The Met’s new production is directed by James Robinson, who has the characters interacting and listening to one another as if in real life – the inhabitants of Catfish Row have known each other for all of their lives and love, pray and grieve like family.
****1
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Costa-Jackson's sultry Carmen in Seattle

Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen) © Sunny Martini
Good-time girl, hometown sweetheart, torn-apart lover, smugglers and rivals, familiar songs, a cliffhanger of a tale. 
*****
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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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