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Porgy and Bess
June 11, 2008   
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Warsaw's Wielki Theater is closing the season on the weekend of June 13-15 with Porgy and Bess, an unconventional opera to a libretto by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gerswhin. The Warsaw production features guest performers from the United States.

Porgy and Bess has more in common with operetta and folk music than a typical opera, replacing arias with songs and ditties. The plot is set in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., in the early 1930s, when the local folklore was all about classic jazz. The world premiere of Porgy and Bess took place on Broadway in 1935. In Europe, the opera was first shown at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen in 1943. The Wrocław Opera staged the Polish premiere in 1973.

The latest production, to be shown at Warsaw's Wielki Theater, is performed by the Porgy & Bess Ballet Company from New York City, accompanied by the Polish National Opera Orchestra conducted by Pacien Mazzagatti.

June 13, 14, 7 p.m and 15, 6 p.m.
Wielki Theater/National Opera, 1 Teatralny Sq.
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