Concert will begin at 17:00 hours GMT
Gershwin's 'Porgy & Bess' with Short, Danrich, Packer, Lynch and Cabell from Hamburg
Hamburg International Music Festival. Gershwin's 'Porgy & Bess' is an opera, first performed in 1935, with a libretto by DuBose Heyward and lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. It was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row (based on the area of Cabbage Row) in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s. Performers:
Porgy: Kevin Short.
Bess: Adrienne Danrich.
Sportling Life: Chauncey Packer.
Crown: Lester Lynch.
Clara: Nicole Cabell.
Serena: Mary Elizabeth Williams.
Maria/Annie/Lily: Adriana Bignagni Lesca.
Strawberry Woman: Ernestine Stuurman.
Jake/Lawyer Frazier: Kenneth Overton.
Robbins/Peter/Mingo/Crab man: Cameo Humes.
Jim: Kenneth Kula.
Undertaker: Luvo Rasemeni.
Detective/Coroner/Policeman: Fjodor Olev, Narrator.
NDR Vocal Ensemble plus guests. NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. Conductor: Alan Gilbert,