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Seattle Opera.

The Gershwins'®
Porgy And Bess®

Aug. 11-25, 2018

“One of the best Seattle Opera productions ever.”
-Seattle Weekly

Overview

By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

The great American opera boasts some of the best songs ever written—including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’,” “I Loves You, Porgy,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” Our full-length operatic presentation retains all of the rhapsodic orchestral music and superb choral writing that enchanted sell-out McCaw Hall crowds in 2011. The vibrant mix of action, humor, romance, struggle, and celebration returns with a “perfect” (ClassicsToday.com) new staging that will inspire you to “rise up singing.”

Don’t miss this fully-staged Glimmerglass co-production that Bachtrack calls “an overall theatrical and musical success, proving one more time that Gershwin’s opus remains America’s most important 20th-century opera.”

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Photo: Porgy and Bess, The Glimmerglass Festival, 2017. © Karli Cadel.

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Photo: Porgy and Bess, The Glimmerglass Festival, 2017. © Karli Cadel.

In English with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 3 hours, including 1 intermission.


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Synopsis

Read perspectives from Black artists and advocates, plus learn more about the history of the work on our blog.

PART ONE
In the courtyard of Catfish Row, Clara sings a lullaby to her child while her husband, Jake, and some of the other men are playing craps. Porgy comes in to join the game; he defends Crown’s woman, Bess, whom the others are gossiping about. When Jake accuses him of being soft on her, Porgy says that he isn’t soft on any woman; he believes his disability is God’s way of saying he is meant to be lonely. Crown arrives with Bess. He is drunk, and when he loses at craps, he provokes a fight and kills Robbins with a cotton hook. Crown runs to hide but tells Bess he will be back. Sportin’ Life, the local pimp and drug dealer, offers to take Bess to New York with him, but she refuses. No one will give her shelter before the police arrive except Porgy.

Later, Porgy and Bess show up at Robbins’s funeral, where his widow, Serena, is leading the mourners. The police enter and arrest Peter as a “material witness.” Serena convinces the undertaker to bury Robbins for less than his usual fee. As the scene ends, Bess leads the mourners in a spiritual as they reluctantly allow her a place in their community.

A few weeks later, Jake and the fishermen are working on their nets as Porgy compares his life to theirs. Maria, the matriarch of Catfish Row, dispatches Sportin’ Life when he tries to sell his “happy dust.” A chance sighting of a bird of ill omen troubles Porgy, who resolves to defy anything that threatens his newfound happiness with Bess. Sportin’ Life asks Bess again to come with him to New York and tries to give her more dope, which she refuses. Porgy chases him away, and he and Bess sing about their newfound happiness. All except Porgy leave for the church picnic on Kittiwah Island.

At the picnic, Sportin’ Life sings about his own brand of religion. All are getting ready to leave when Crown, hidden in the bushes, calls out to Bess. She tells him that she is Porgy’s woman now, but Crown forces her to stay with him.

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PART TWO
Back at Catfish Row, some time later, the fishermen are getting ready to go to sea. Bess, who escaped from Crown and walked eighteen miles back to town, is lost in a feverish nightmare. Peter wants to send her to the hospital, but Serena would rather pray over her. The street fills with people. Bess eventually emerges and explains to Porgy that she wants to stay with him but that when Crown comes she will be forced to go with him. Porgy tells her that she does not have to go with Crown.

The hurricane bell sounds. Everyone gathers in Serena’s room and prays for shelter from the hurricane. There is a knock at the door. Crown enters and tries to take Bess away. He laughs at the frightened townspeople and sings a bawdy song to mock their prayers. Clara sees Jake’s capsized boat and runs out to find him. Bess calls for a man to go out after her. After taunting Porgy, Crown goes.

After the storm, the women are crying for their men; Sportin’ Life teases them and Bess. Crown enters, looking for Bess; he and Porgy fight, and Porgy kills him.

The police and the coroner come to Catfish Row the next morning; they want to take Porgy down to identify Crown’s body. Telling Bess that Porgy will be locked up indefinitely, Sportin’ Life forces some dope on her and leaves more outside her door as he departs. She emerges, ready to accompany Sportin’ Life to New York.

Porgy returns one week later. While he tries to distribute the gifts he bought with the money he made playing craps in jail, he learns that Bess has gone off with Sportin’ Life to New York. He decides to leave Catfish Row forever and find her.

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Dig Deeper: Porgy and Bess

What makes Porgy and Bess uniquely American? Who wrote it? And how was it received by the Black community? Explore the story and history of Porgy and Bess in our in-depth multimedia Spotlight Guide.

 

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Cast

Alfred Walker

Porgy

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Porgy, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: New Orleans, LA 
Seattle Opera Debut: Orest, Elektra (’08) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Amonasro, Aida (’18); The Dutchman, The Flying Dutchman (’16); Lindorf/Coppélius/Dr. Miracle/Dapertutto, The Tales of Hoffmann (’14) 
Recently: Orest, Elektra (San Francisco Opera); Josh Gibson, The Summer King, world premiere (Pittsburgh Opera); Titurel, Parsifal (Metropolitan Opera)
Upcoming: Jochanaan, Salome (Oper Köln); Thoas, Iphigénie en Tauride (Oper Stuttgart); Speaker, The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera)

Last updated: July 2018

Alfred Walker

Porgy

Aug. 11, 15, 17, 19, & 25

Kevin Short

Porgy

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Porgy, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Washington, DC
Seattle Opera Debut: The Bonze, Madame Butterfly (’89)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Orest, Elektra (’96); Don Ferrando, Fidelio (’12)
Recently: Nick Shadow, The Rake’s Progress (Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg); Jack Rance, La fanciulla del West (New York City Opera); Le Duc, Romeo and Juliet (Metropolitan Opera)
Upcoming: Tutor, Elektra, and Dr. Grenvil, La traviata (Metropolitan Opera); Speaker, The Magic Flute (Washington National Opera); Porgy, Porgy and Bess (Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Last updated: July 2018

Kevin Short

Porgy

Aug. 12, 18, 22, & 24

Angel Blue

Bess

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Bess, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Clara, Porgy and Bess (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Violetta, La traviata (’17)
Recently: Mimì, La bohème (Metropolitan Opera); Marguerite, Faust (Portland Opera); Verdi Requiem (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
Upcoming: Musetta, La bohème (Metropolitan Opera); Violetta, La traviata (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Mimì, La bohème (Canadian Opera Company) 
 

Last updated: July 2018

 

Angel Blue

Bess

Aug. 11, 15, 17, 19, & 25

Elizabeth Llewellyn

Bess

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Bess, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: London, UK
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Cio-Cio-San, Madame Butterfly (Royal Danish Opera); Magda de Civry, La rondine (Opera Holland Park); Tosca, Tosca (Theater Magdeburg)
Upcoming:  Manon Lescaut, Manon Lescaut (Opera Holland Park); Luisa Miller, Luisa Miller (English National Opera, London)

Last updated: July 2018

Elizabeth Llewellyn

Bess

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 12, 18, 22, & 24

Lester Lynch

Crown

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Crown, Porgy and Bess, and Di Luna, Il trovatore

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut:  Crown, Porgy and Bess (’95)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Crown, Porgy and Bess (’18), Di Luna, Il trovatore ('97)
Recently: Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor (English National Opera); Shylock, The Merchant of Venice (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Crown, Porgy and Bess (Teatro alla Scala)
Upcoming: Josh Gibson, The Summer King (Michigan Opera Theatre); The Prisoner, The Prisoner (Semperoper Dresden); Crown, Porgy and Bess (Volksoper Wien)

Last updated: October 2018

Lester Lynch

Crown

Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Serena

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Serena, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Leonora, Il trovatore (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Elisabetta, Mary Stuart (’16); Abigaille, Nabucco (’15); Tosca, Tosca (’15)
Recently: Serena, Porgy and Bess (Teatro alla Scala); Santuzza, Cavalleria Rusticana (Teatro Nacional de Sao Cãrlos); Leonora, La forza del destino (Welsh National Opera)
Upcoming: Abigaille, Nabucco (Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Dijon); Amelia, Un ballo in maschera (Welsh National Opera)

Last updated: July 2018

 

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Serena

Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Jermaine Smith

Sportin' Life

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Sportin’ Life, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Seattle Opera Debut: Sportin’ Life, Porgy and Bess  (’11)
Recently: Soloist, Concert (South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Broward Center); Sportin' Life, Porgy and Bess (Sydney Opera House and Oper Köln)
Upcoming: Director, Porgy and Bess (South Florida Symphony Orchestra); Sportin' Life, Porgy and Bess (South Florida Symphony Orchestra and Fort Worth Opera)

Last updated: July 2018

Jermaine Smith

Sportin' Life

Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Brandie Sutton

Clara

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Clara, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Rautendelien, La Campana Sommersa (New York City Opera); Soloist, Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center); Bess, Porgy and Bess (Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City)
Upcoming: Pamina, The Magic Flute (Kentucky Opera); Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi, and Madame Silberklang, The Impresario (Knoxville Opera)

Last updated: June 2018

Brandie Sutton

Clara

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Derrick Parker

Jake

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Jake, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Spokane, WA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor (Utah Opera); Porgy, Porgy and Bess (Baltimore Symphony); Joe, Showboat; Kentucky Opera
Upcoming: Porgy, Porgy and Bess (Detroit Symphony)

Last updated: June 2018

Derrick Parker

Jake

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Judith Skinner

Maria

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Maria, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Speaker, To Be Sung (Center for Contemporary Opera); Maria, Porgy and Bess, and Aunt Eller, Oklahoma (Glimmerglass Festival); Maria, Porgy and Bess (Royal Danish Opera)

Last updated: July 2018

 

Judith Skinner

Maria

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Bernard Holcomb

Mingo

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Mingo, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Otello, Otello (Loft Opera NYC); Tristan, Le Vin herbé (Long Beach Opera); Sportin’ Life (cover), Porgy and Bess (Hamburg Staatsoper)
Upcoming: Solo Recital Debut, NYC; Captain Leadbetter, The Princess Sophia (Juneau, Alaska)

Last updated: July 2018

Bernard Holcomb

Mingo

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Edward Graves

Robbins

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Robbins, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Oxon Hill, MD
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Grimoaldo, Rodelinda (Indiana University Opera Theater); Peter, Porgy and Bess (Glimmerglass Festival); St. Brioche, The Merry Widow (Florentine Opera); Shepherd, Venus and Adonis; Sailor, Dido and Aeneas; and Second Priest/ First Armored Man, The Magic Flute (Florentine Opera)

Last updated: July 2018

Edward Graves

Robbins

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Martin Bakari

Peter the Honeyman

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Peter, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Yellow Springs, Ohio 
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: 
 Tamino, The Magic Flute (Opéra Louisiane); Gastone, La traviata (Cincinnati Opera); Ricky/Castleman, The Long Walk (Utah Opera & Pittsburgh Opera)
Upcoming: Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD (Atlanta Opera & Arizona Opera); Peter, Porgy & Bess (Fort Worth Opera); The Visitor, In the Penal Colony (Portland Opera)

Last updated: July 2018

 

Martin Bakari

Peter the Honeyman

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Nicholas Davis

Jim

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Jim, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Petersburg, TN
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Jake Wallace, La fanciulla del West (Santa Fe Opera); King Marc, Le Vin Herbé (Chicago Opera Theater); Senator Potter, Fellow Travelers (Minnesota Opera)

Last updated: July 2018

 

Nicholas Davis

Jim

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Damien Geter

Undertaker

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Undertaker, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Portland, OR
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Four Villains, The Tales of Hoffmann (Pacific Northwest Opera); Alcindoro, La bohème (Portland Opera); Colline, La bohème (Tacoma Opera)
Upcoming: Colline, La bohème (Vashon Opera); Dr Grenvil, La traviata (Portland Opera); King, The Little Prince (Opera Theatre Oregon)

Last updated: July 2018

Damien Geter

Undertaker

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Cheryse McLeod Lewis

Annie

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Annie, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Seattle Opera Debut
Seattle Opera Chorus Member since 2015
Recently: Bess (select performances in Los Angeles and Seattle) and Ensemble Swing, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (First National Broadway Tour, US); Cinderella’s Stepmother, Into the Woods (Village Theatre); Solo Recital, Then Sings My Soul (Central Washington University)
Upcoming: Mezzo Soloist, Messiah (Federal Way Symphony); Guest Soloist, Black Voices (Seattle Art Song Society); Solo Recital, Then Sings My Soul (Saltwater Music Series)

Last updated: July 2018

Cheryse McLeod Lewis

Annie

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Ernest C. Jackson Jr.

Nelson

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Nelson, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:  Malcolm, Macbeth (Empire Opera); Nelson, Porgy and Bess (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Dr. Caius, Sir John in Love (Bronx Opera)
Upcoming: Mingo, Porgy and Bess (Fort Worth Opera)


Last updated: June 2018

Ernest C. Jackson Jr.

Nelson

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Ashley Faataolia

Crab Man

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Crab Man, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Crab Man, Porgy and Bess (’11)
Recently: Ballad Singer, Galileo (The Industry Opera); Tenor Soloist, La Sorgente (The Ford Amphitheatre); Albert Hofmann, LSD: The Opera (REDCAT at Disney Hall)
Upcoming: Lyric Tenor, Europeras (LA Philharmonic); Remus, Treemonisha (Volcano Theatre, Toronto)

Last updated: July 2018

Ashley Faataolia

Crab Man

Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Ibidunni Ojikutu

Strawberry Woman

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Strawberry Woman, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Strawberry Woman, Porgy and Bess (’11)
Recently: Sally/Char, Monticello Wakes (Loyola Marymount University Murphy Recital Hall); Maude, Finnian's Rainbow (Benaroya Hall); Soloist, Songs from the American Experience (Jansen Art Center)
Upcoming: Black Voices (Seattle Art Song Society); Womxn's Voices (Seattle Art Song Society) 

Last updated: July 2018

Ibidunni Ojikutu

Strawberry Woman

Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Marlette Buchanan

Lily

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Lily, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut:
Lily, Porgy and Bess (’11)
Recently: Maria/Housekeeper, Man of La Mancha (5th Avenue Theatre); Lula, Violet (ArtsWest Theatre); Soprano Soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Washington Center for the Performing Arts); Mabel, Crowns (Taproot Theatre); Medda Larkin, Newsies (Village Theatre)

Last updated: June 2018

Marlette Buchanan

Lily

Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Brian Simmons

Detective

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Detective, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Oswego, IL
Seattle Opera Debut

Recently: Teddy Roosevelt, Newsies (Village Theater); Harris McClain, On Clover Road (Seattle Public Theater); Metellus Cimber, Julius Caesar (Seattle Shakespeare Company)

Last updated: July 2018

Brian Simmons

Detective

Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Michael Patten

Coroner

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Coroner, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Chorus/Mr. Ashton, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Book-It Repertory Theatre); Thomas Putnam, The Crucible (ACT Theatre); Levison/Westmoreland, All The Way/The Great Society (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Upcoming: Sherlock Holmes, Baskerville (Taproot Theatre)

Last updated: July 2018

Michael Patten

Coroner

Aug. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Cast

Creative Team

John DeMain

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Seattle Opera Debut: Porgy and Bess (’87)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Porgy and Bess (’11 and ’95); L’elisir d’amore (’97)
Recently: The Abduction from the Seraglio and Florencia en el Amazonas (Madison Opera); Bernstein Gala (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Candide (Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona); Rusalka (Madison Opera); Blue and Showboat (Glimmerglass Festival)

Last updated: July 2018

John DeMain

Conductor

Francesca Zambello

Original Stage Director and Production Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Porgy and Bess

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Faust (’87)
Previously at Seattle Opera: War and Peace (’90); Florencia en el Amazonas (’05,’98); Tristan und Isolde (’98); Billy Budd (’01); Aida (’18)
General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival, Artistic Director of The Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center
Recently: Candide (Washington National Opera and LA Opera); West Side Story (Houston Grand Opera); La Ciociara (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari)
Upcoming:  Der Ring des Nibelungen (San Francisco Opera); The Barber of Seville (Glimmerglass Festival)

Last updated: June 2018

Francesca Zambello

Original Stage Director and Production Designer

Garnett Bruce

Stage Director

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Tosca (Pittsburgh Opera); Turandot (San Francisco Opera); The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Grand Rapids and Opera Carolina);
Upcoming: La traviata (Opera San Antonio); Candide (London Symphony Orchestra); Faust (Washington National Opera)

Last updated: July 2018

Garnett Bruce

Stage Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Peter J. Davison

Set Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Porgy and Bess

Hometown: London, UK
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Don Camillo und  Peppone  (Theater St. Gallen); Porgy and Bess (Glimmerglass Festival); La ciociara (Teatro Lirico Di Cagliari)
Upcoming: West Side Story (Glimmerglass Festival); La traviata (Washington National Opera); Norma (Ópera Nacional de Chile)

Last updated: July 2018

 

Peter J. Davison

Set Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Paul Tazewell

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Akron, OH
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Hamilton (Tony Award Winner); The Wiz! Live on NBC (Emmy Award Winner); The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO/Starring Oprah Winfrey); Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Broadway)
Upcoming:​  Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations (The Kennedy Center); The Sting (Paper Mill Playhouse)

Last updated: July 2018

Paul Tazewell

Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Loren Shaw

Associate Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Associate Costume Designer, Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: A Period of Animate Existence (Pig Iron Theatre Company); Sojourners and Her Portmanteau (New York Theater Workshop); Head Over Heels (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)
Upcoming: Last Days Of Summer (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); The Tempest (Asolo Rep Theatre); Loch Ness (Adirondack Theater Festival)

Last updated: July 2018

Loren Shaw

Associate Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Mark McCullough

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Seattle Opera Debut: The Elixir of Love (’98)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Aida (’18), Norma (’03)
Recently: Cyrano de Bergerac (Teatro all Scala); The Queen of Spades (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Der Ring des Nibelungen (San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: La traviata (Washington National Opera); Norma (Ópera Nacional de Chile); Macbeth (Vienna Staatsoper)

Last updated: July 2018

Mark McCullough

Lighting Designer

Eric Sean Fogel

Choreographer

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Porgy and Bess

Hometown: Charleston, SC
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Choreographer, Candide (Los Angeles Opera); Assistant Director, Norma (Metropolitan Opera); Choreographer, The Cunning Little Vixen (Glimmerglass Festival)
Upcoming: Choreographer, Florencia en el Amazonas and Pearl Fishers (Houston Grand Opera); Choreographer, The Lion, the Unicorn and Me (Washington National Opera); Associate Director, West Side Story (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Last updated: July 2018

Eric Sean Fogel

Choreographer

Seattle Opera Debut

Creative Team

Orchestra, Chorus, & Additional Artists

Orchestra

Violin I
Jennifer Bai
Mariel Bailey
Brittany Boulding Breeden
Cecilia Poellein Buss
Timothy Garland, Concertmaster
Caitlin Kelley
Mae Lin
Mikhail Shmidt, Asst. Concertmaster
Clark Story
Arthur Zadinsky

Violin II
Michael Miropolsky, Principal
Kathleen Boyer, Asst. Principal
Evan Anderson
Natasha Bazhanov
Stephen Bryant
Linda Cole
Xiao-po Fei
Artur Girsky

Viola
Mara Gearman, Principal
Timothy Hale, Asst. Principal
Wesley Dyring
Allison Farkas
Sayaka Kokubo
Laura Renz

Cello
Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, Principal
Nathan Chan
Eric Han, Asst. Principal
Bruce Bailey
Vivian Gu
Joy Payton-Stevens

Bass
Jordan Anderson, Principal
Joseph Kaufman, Asst. Principal
Jonathan Burnstein
Brendan Fitzgerald

Flute
Jeffrey Barker, Principal
Robin Peery

Piccolo
Robin Peery

Oboe
Ben Hausmann, Principal
Chengwen Winnie Lai

English Horn
Stefan Farkas

Clarinet
Emil Khudyev, Principal
Laura DeLuca
Sean Osborn

Bass Clarinet
Jennifer Nelson

Saxophone
Michael Brockman
Sean Osborn
Jennifer Nelson

Bassoon
Seth Krimsky, Principal

Horn
Jeff Fair, Principal
Jenna Breen
John Turman

Trumpet
Alexander White, Principal
Tony DiLorenzo
Gabriel Palmer

Trombone
Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Principal
David Ritt

Tuba
John DiCesare, Principal

Timpani
Matt Drumm, Principal

Percussion
Michael Clark, Principal
Rob Tucker

Piano
Jay Rozendaal, Principal

Banjo
Michael Partington, Principal

Personnel Manager
Scott Wilson

Assistant Personnel Manager
Keith Higgins

 

The Orchestra is composed of members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Rotating members of the string section are listed alphabetically.

 

Chorus

Soprano
Marlette Buchanan
Tena DuBerry
Sarah Edwards
Nalica Hennings
Ellaina Lewis
Julia Meyering
Ibidunni Ojikutu
Ashanti Proctor
Amy Van Mechelen

Mezzo
Courtney-Savali Andrews
Linda Callecod
Antonia Darlene
Claudette Hatcher
Cheryse McLeod Lewis
Samantha O’Brochta
Crystal Whitney
Bethanie Willis

Tenor
DuWayne Andrews
Martin Bakari
Kevin Douglass
Ashley Faatoalia
Edward Graves
Bernard Holcomb
Ernest Jackson
Robert Neal
Namarea Randolph-Yosea
Korland Simmons

Bass/Baritone
Loucas T. Curry
Nicholas Davis
Damien Geter
Ekello Harrid, Jr.
Dierre Lopez
Michael Wansley
Ty Willis

 

 

Actors

Henry Brown
Shawn Kavon
Ben Leiataua
C.J. Rhone
Arlando Smith

Supernumeraries

Payton Barnes
Judah Felix
Isaac Lewis
London Miller
Vivian Moo
Evangeline OpongParry

 

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Main Photo © Philip Newton | Photos: Porgy and Bess, The Glimmerglass Festival, 2017. © Karli Cadel.