Porgy And Bess

From the Top

Portland, Oregon

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Presented by Portland Piano International, This week's From the Top comes to you from the Newmark Theater in Portland, Ore., where you'll hear two sisters from New York playing Percy Granger’s two-piano Fantasy on "Porgy and Bess" and an outstanding trio from Julliard perform the holy grail of chamber music written the French horn. Also, we'll catch up with a 15-year-old violinist who first performed on our show at the tender age of 11.


Audra McDonald out of 'Porgy and Bess' for Weeks

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bess is taking a rest.

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The Blurry Line Between Opera and Musical Theater

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“I love opera!” Fred Plotkin is so frequently told. “I have seen The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables ten times each and have every record by Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and the Three Tenors!”

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Realism vs. Racism: Opera's Casting Call

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A scholarly book looks at the many depictions of people "of color" in opera, including the thorny stage practice in which performers apply heavy makeup to play leading roles such as Otello and Aïda. Fred Plotkin considers.

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WQXR Features

Operavore Special: Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Thursday, January 12, 2012

If you didn't score tickets for opening night of Porgy and Bess on Broadway, tune in tonight at 8 pm to our Operavore Web stream to hear a classic 1976 recording of the opera.

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Broadway's Porgy and Bess Drops New Happy Ending

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The forthcoming Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has dropped plans for a new happy ending, following public criticism from composer Stephen Sondheim.

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Plays by African American Women Take the Broadway Stage

Thursday, September 22, 2011

On Thursday night, "The Mountaintop," opens in previews. The Broadway play is the first of three plays penned or adapted by African-American women that are opening on Broadway this fall.

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