The Forum will present the live screening of the Met Opera’s Porgy and Bess at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at Prior-Jollek Hall, Antilles School Campus, St. Thomas. Virgin Islander Arthur Woodley is also in the cast.
One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion and the heartbreak of its inhabitants.
“If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the “Guardian” when the new production premiered in London in 2018.
David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker and Ryan Speedo Green.
The Courtyard will be open from 6 p.m. with Small Meals & Desserts by Amalia Café.
Tickets: General Admission individual $20; teachers $10; students and children under 10 years old are free, but must obtain a ticket to secure a seat. Tickets are on sale online at www.instantseats.com
Time: the screening will take 2 hours and 55 minutes.
Act I – 95 min.
Intermission – 15 min.
Act II – 65 min.
Made possible by VIYA!
George Gershwin (1898–1937) was one of America’s greatest composers, creating a diverse collection of works spanning the classical, jazz and theatrical worlds, while his brother, Ira Gershwin (1896–1983), was one of the most prominent lyricists of American song.
Novelist and poet DuBose Heyward (1885–1940) collaborated with his wife, Dorothy (1890–1961), to adapt his novel “Porgy” into a successful Broadway play, which later inspired the Gershwins’ opera.
World Premiere: Alvin Theatre, New York, 1935. A supremely American operatic masterpiece, “Porgy and Bess” focuses on the joys and struggles of a black neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 20th century.