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From 13 to 23 November 2016
George Gershwin

The Gershwins© PORGY AND BESS©

by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin


Teatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra
New Teatro alla Scala Production
Execution in semi-scenic version


The evening of the Premiere was dedicated to the memory of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.


Running Time: 3 hours 25 minutes intermission included


Conductor Alan Gilbert
Staging Philipp Harnoncourt
Costumes Elisabeth Ahsef
Video Max Kaufmann and Eva Grün


Porgy Morris Robinson
Bess Kristin Lewis
Crown Lester Lynch
Serena Mary Elizabeth Williams
Clara Angel Blue
Maria, Strawberry Woman Tichina Vaughn
Jake, Frazie, Undertaker, Coroner Donovan Singletary
Sportin' life Chauncey Packer
Mingo, Robbins, Peter Crabman Cameo Humes
Detective, Archdale, Policeman Stefano Guizzi
Nelson Massimiliano Difino

Elhadji Mbodji  (13, 17, 20, 23)

Kelian Aruanno (15, 18, 22)

Jim Massimo Pagano

Before each performance, Franco Pulcini will hold an introduction to the opera at the A. Toscanini Boxes Foyer. The meetings will start one hour before the beginning of each performance and the entrance is reserved to the audience with the ticket for the performance.



Gershwin’s opera returns to La Scala in semi-scenic form conducted by Alan Gilbert, musical director of the New York Philharmonic. He is standing in for Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who passed away on 5 March 2016. For the first time at La Scala, the original version of the score will be performed in its entirety. Gershwin was profoundly struck by his encounter with Alban Berg in Vienna at the end of the ’20s, and declared that Porgy was “his Wozzeck”. The version of Porgy and Bess that we will hear includes a considerable amount of music influenced by the European avant-garde experience that is usually cut from the score, but which contributes towards the opera’s overall dramatic effect, and to understanding Gershwin’s links with the musical universe of his day. We are delighted to welcome Alan Gilbert back to the podium of La Scala, where he last conducted the Filarmonica della Scala on 15 September 2015. Staging is by Philipp Harnoncourt; the cast includes Kristin Lewis, who graced La Scala’s stage in the role of Aida in 2015 and Angel Blue.




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