September 30, 2016


Two of the most famous operas in the repertoire had their premieres on this date, September 30—one in 1791, the other in 1935. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” opened in Vienna on this date in 1791. And Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” had its first performance in 1935. One member of the original 1935 cast of “Porgy” ALSO sang the role in the 1963 recording of excerpts from the opera that starred William Warfield and Leontyne Price. Who was this remarkable performer and what was his role?