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Washington National Opera, along with General Director, Plácido Domingo, are proud to present The Gershwins’ critically acclaimed production, PORGY AND BESS. Having received rave reviews in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, the production is back at The Kennedy Center Opera House with twelve performances beginning Saturday, March 20 through Saturday, April 3. George Gershwin miraculously melds classical music, popular song, jazz, blues, and spirituals into iconic American songs like “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” in English with English supertitles. This “American folk opera” touches on African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row (based on the real-life Cabbage Row) in Charleston, SC, in the early 1920s.

Tickets range from $25 through $250 and are currently available through Washington National Opera Audience Services, 202/295-2400 or 800.US.OPERA, or online at dc-opera.org.

This quintessential American masterpiece follows the story of a crippled beggar and the headstrong woman he loves. Porgy and Bess℠ is directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by American music specialist John Mauceri.

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