Hungary: ‘Porgy and Bess’ cast asked to be African American

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian State Opera has asked the Hungarian cast members in its production of “Porgy and Bess” to self-identify as African American. The opera’s decision to put on George and Ira Gershwin’s seminal work set in the American south and intended for a black cast has caused a conflict with the creators’ estate. The State Opera …

Ravinia Festival Announces 2019 Summer Season

Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand,” the continued celebration of the music and influence of Leonard Bernstein, and four films accompanied by live orchestra await festivalgoers this summer at Ravinia, which released its 2019 summer schedule this morning.

Met Opera to hire all-black chorus for ‘Porgy and Bess’

The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess.”

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2019 Season

The eighty-fifth annual season opens June 12 and will run through August 17, with most performances taking place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

The Surprising True Origins of Gershwin’s Classic ‘Summertime’

“Summertime” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is doubtless one of the one most popular songs in the Great American Songbook. But did you know that neither the tune to “Summertime” nor the lyrics are by George Gershwin?