Porgy and Bess

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Trevor Nunn's acclaimed 1993 production of Dubose Heyward and Ira Gershwin's classic fable of the tragic love affair between crippled Porgy (Willard White) and beautiful but troubled Bess (Cynthia Haymon) was widely acclaimed as one of the definitive stagings of one of America's best-known operas. Nunn restaged his production for a television adaptation commissioned by the BBC, and this video captures the impressive results. Gregg Baker and Damon Evans highlight the supporting cast, and the London Philharmonic (under the direction of Simon Rattle) provide the musical accompaniment. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Porgy and Bess

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (2)

  • The basic emotions of this telefilm are not bogus; it's the real Porgy, packing an emotional wallop that almost, but not quite, goes over the top.

    October 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Despite the inevitable distancing effect between sight and sound, there is undeniable power in this version of the production.

    January 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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