Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

Opera in three acts, in English, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Pretty much everybody has heard the classic hits I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’  and It Ain’t Necessarily So, and, perhaps most famous of all: Summertime. What most people don't realize, however, is that these great songs are not simply old jazz standards. They started life as the most popular parts of one of the most famous American operas: Porgy and Bess®.

Dating from 1935, this work created by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, presents the lives of the inhabitants of an African-American community in Charleston, South Carolina, in all of its splendor – its joyfulness and reverence, the hard work and, sometimes, its violence – through the love story of a crippled beggar and a drug-addicted woman.


The English surtitles use the text from the original work, which is written mostly in the Gullah dialect.


The worldwide copyrights in the music of George and Ira Gershwin® for this presentation are licensed by the Gershwin Family.”

“PORGY AND BESS® is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022”

“GERSHWIN® is a registered trademark and service mark of Gershwin Enterprises. PORGY AND BESS®is a registered trademark and service mark of Porgy and Bess Enterprises.”


Disclaimer of the copyright owners: “The manner in which this production of Porgy and Bess is being produced is unauthorized and is contrary to the requirements for the presentation of the work.”


General cast

Conductor: István Dénes

Porgy: Marcell Bakonyi

Bess: Lilla Horti

Sporting Life: Szemenyei János

Crown: Károly Szemerédy

Jake: Máté Fülep

Clara: Beatrix Fodor

Robbins: Gergely Ujvári

Serena: Gabriella Fodor

Maria: Andrea Meláth

Mingo: Tivadar Kiss

Peter: Ferenc Kristofori

Frazier / Undertaker: Lajos Geiger

Crab Man / Nelson: János Szerekován

Detective: Artúr Kálid

Mr. Archdale / Coroner: Dániel Viktor Nagy

Policeman: dr. Marcelo Cake-Baly

Scipio: Dominik Jobbágy / Barnabás Pál

Dancers: Gábor Szigeti / István Kohári / Ricardo Vila M. / Levente Bajári / Ildikó Boros / Zsófia Gyarmati / Sára Weisz / Bianka Rotter / Miklós Dávid Kerényi


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