Mondavi to screen Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’

By From page A11 | November 12, 2013


Laquita Mitchell (Bess) and Eric Owens (Porgy) in SF Opera's 2009 production. Cory Weaver/Courtesy photo

The Mondavi Center will host a high-definition screening of the San Francisco Opera’s 2009 production the Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess” on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Featured as Porgy is Eric Owens, who gave a well-received recital at the Mondavi Center in February 2012.

George Gershwin mixed classical music and jazz with Broadway sensibilities in a score that includes the classic “Summertime (and the Living is Easy).”  The opera tells the poignant story of a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both.

The San Francisco Chronicle praised director Francesca Zambello’s production as a “powerful ‘Porgy and Bess’ … persuasively led by conductor John DeMain… Eric Owens brought vocal heft and dramatic sensitivity to the part of Porgy. Laquita Mitchell gave an evocative performance as Bess, compounded of tempestuous need and penitence.”

The opera runs three hours, 15 minutes. Tickets are $20 general, $10 for UC Davis students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.

Jeff Hudson

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