Later today the Met will announce that its next season will open with Gershwin’s opera in an English/Dutch National Opera co-production.
Eric Owens and Alfred Walker will share the role of Porgy. Angel Blue sings Bess. Latonia Moore and Golda Schultz are also signed up.
It took the Met half a century after its 1935 Boston premiere to produce America’s greatest opera. Even now, Porgy has yet to be considered part of its repertory.
Elsewhere, it makes giant waves.
Last year’s ENO show was the company’s biggest triumph in a decade, there’s an English countryhouse production scheduled for the summer and the opera is presently going down huge at Vienna’s Volksoper.
Why did it take the Met so long?