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Performer: Laquita Mitchell

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West HorsleyPorgy and BessNew production

Laquita Mitchell (Bess) and Musa Ngqungwana (Porgy) © Richard Hubert Smith
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Stephen Barlow; Jean-Pierre van der Spuy; Grange Park Opera; Francis O'Connor; Musa Ngqungwana; Laquita Mitchell
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Polished Porgy: Gershwin triumphs in Surrey

Laquita Mitchell (Bess) and Musa Ngqungwana (Porgy) © Richard Hubert Smith

Grange Park Opera’s new production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess makes for a searingly effective evening of music and drama.

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A perfect summer evening: Cleveland Orchestra's all-American program with Feddeck and Cohen

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Sunday evening concert at the Blossom Music Center seemed like a mishmash on the printed page, but it turned out to be a perfect summer evening: an all-American program with great tunes (selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess featuring three excellent soloists and the Blossom Festival Chorus), not too intellectually challenging (a fanfare by John Williams and excer
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New York City Opera Back on the Boards

The Howard Gilman Opera House was filled from the orchestra to the balcony. Every seat sold for New York City Opera’s season opener La Traviata, on the occasion of their reinvention from an opera company in the city to an opera company going out into the city. La Traviata was their first production since their controversial move out of their time-honored Lincoln Center home.
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Opera New Jersey Launches Summer Series with Don Giovanni

When an ensemble of strong voices extends and nearly expends themselves, pouring out their artistry in tribute to Mozart’s genius, operagoers will stand during bows—eagerly. That is precisely what occurred during Opera New Jersey's July 11 performance of Don Giovanni. The cast received a standing ovation from a packed house, deservedly so.