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Opera At The Library

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1:43 am

The Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library will host a premiere showing of George Gershwin’s great American opera Porgy and Bess on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. in room 108 B.
Porgy and Bess is an English-language opera by the American composer George Gershwin, with a libretto written by author DuBose Heyward and lyricist Ira Gershwin. It was adapted from Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward’s play Porgy, itself an adaptation of DuBose Heyward’s 1925 novel of the same name.
Porgy and Bess was first performed in Boston on September 30, 1935, before it moved to Broadway in New York City. It featured a cast of classically-trained African-American singers, a daring artistic choice at the time. After suffering from an initially unpopular public reception due in part to its racially-charged theme, a 1976 Houston Grand Opera production gained it new popularity, and it is now one of the best-known and most frequently performed operas.
This is a free program and light refreshments will be provided during the intermission for our guests. For more information about Opera @ the Library programs and our other special events, please visit our web presence at or contact Dennis Smolarek at 352-536-2275 x2623 and email at