Acclaimed New Production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Comes to Cinemas Worldwide

Transmitted live to your local cinema on
Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 12:55PM ET
Check local theaters for dates and times.

New York, NY (January 23, 2020)— One of America’s favorite operas, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess comes to the big screen on February 1 as part of The Met: Live in HD series. James Robinson‘s new production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront with vibrant choreography by Tony Award–nominee Camille A. Brown. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles. The cast also features soprano Golda Schultz as Clara, soprano Latonia Moore as Serena, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Maria, tenor Frederick Ballentine as Sportin’ Life, bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Crown, and bass-baritone Donovan Singletary as Jake. David Robertson conducts.

Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award–winner Audra McDonald, who won her fifth Tony Award for her portrayal of Bess in the 2012 Broadway revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, hosts this live transmission.



“A Porgy of its time that speaks to ours” —The Washington Post

“Authoritative and gripping … The magnificent bass-baritone Eric Owens gives one of the finest performances of his distinguished career … The sumptuously voiced soprano Angel Blue is radiant … Every singer in the cast was outstanding … A splendid Porgy and Bess” —The New York Times

“Sheer sonic grandeur … The Met’s uniformly well-cast new production of the famed American opera paints a vivid portrait.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Musical superpowers on the Met’s stage … Eric Owens lends hard-earned Wagnerian majesty to the title role … Angel Blue sings with polished radiance … The Met does the score proud … A gorgeous Porgy and Bess” —New York magazine

“The Met’s new production of Porgy and Bess is a wonder … a triumph … Angel Blue is an extraordinary Bess. —The Economist