Porgy and Bess | Lyric Opera House | Theater & Performance, Classical | Chicago Reader

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When: Nov. 26-Dec. 20 2014

Like its hobbled hero, this great American opera has been constrained over most of the nearly 80 years since its first production. Between critical quibbles and more serious social concerns, George Gershwin's gorgeously tuneful masterpiece, with libretto by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin, didn't get to the Lyric Opera stage until 2008. This season Lyric has brought that same, busily choreographed Francesca Zambello production back. The strong, mostly new cast includes baritone Eric Owens as a mature and memorable Porgy; baritone Eric Greene as his convincingly explosive nemesis, Crown; and soprano Adina Aaron, in an able Lyric debut as the dicey redheaded woman, Bess. There's a treasure trove of outstanding performances by the huge supporting cast and chorus. Ward Stare conducts. —Deanna Isaacs

Price: $20-$229

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