REVIEW: Stellar cast illuminates humanity in Cincinnati Opera’s ‘Porgy and Bess’


Morris Robinson’s deep bass voice was remarkably tender and smooth as he sang the words, “Bess, you is my woman now,” in the famous love duet in “Porgy and Bess.” It was an unforgettably sweet moment in what was otherwise a gritty, intense production of the Gershwins’ opera that opened Saturday night in Music Hall.

Cincinnati Opera has mounted George Gershwin’s self-described folk opera to a libretto by Ira Gershwin and Dubose and Dorothy Heyward just once before, in 2012. This time,…

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