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Current Perspectives on Porgy and Bess

With the 75th anniversary of the premiere of the opera Porgy and Bess – music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward – Randye Jones has researched the changing opinions of singers, teachers and opera directors, to the opera’s controversial subject matter.

The article published by the IMSLP Journal focuses on interviews with singers George Shirley, Angela Simpson, Stephen Swanson, Adrienne Webster, and Simon Estes.

Current Perspectives on Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess deals with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row, based on the area of Cabbage Row in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s.