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Scenes from PORGY AND BESS





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PORGY AND BESS
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As the 2007-08 season draws to a close, FanFaire begins its video album of "Scenes from Acclaimed LA Opera Productions," presented in cooperation with Los Angeles Opera. In the age of video—and broadband—it only makes sense to use the medium as a vehicle for bringing opera to an increasingly visually-oriented generation, in the hope of eventually seducing viewers to the art form that, like no other, unites all the arts - music, poetry, drama, painting/sculpture, dance.

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thanks Los Angeles Opera for making this possible.  As the video series advances, the excitement of opera cannot but rub off on viewers—who will sooner than later realize that these are scenes from productions of only the highest artistic quality (in terms of both music and stagecraft) that can only be forthcoming from the top-tier opera company that LA Opera, one of the youngest in America, has become under the artistic leadership of PLACIDO DOMINGO.

This first video clip draws from the LA Opera production of George Gershwin's masterpiece, PORGY AND BESS, regarded as the greatest American opera and surely the most accessible piece in today's repertoire.  The highlights include some of the work's most popular "hit tunes" such as "Summertime;" "Bess, you is my woman now;" and "I got plenty o' nuttin'."

Staging is by one of today's most eminent directors, FRANCESCA ZAMBELLO, who with designer PETER J. DAVISON quite artfully updated the setting from Gershwin's 1930-era "Catfish Row" to 1940-50s tenement shambles.  Musical direction is by JOHN DE MAIN, the conductor who, having been responsible for the work's revival on the operatic stage in 1976—following a decades-long hiatus—and having conducted it numerous times since, perhaps knows Porgy best. Add to these unique assets an excellent double-cast, and you get the "shortest" (i.e., most enjoyable) three-hour long opera, a production that not only does the masterpiece justice but one that Gershwin, were he around today, would surely be proud of. 


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