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Porgy And Bess, 07 February 1988

The Opera

Venue: Royal Festival Hall, London

Composer: George Gershwin

Librettist: Dubose Heyward

Conductor: Simon Rattle

Orchestra: London Philharmonic


Clara: Harolyn Blackwell

Mingo: Barrington Coleman

Sportin Life: Damon Evans

Jake: Bruce Hubbard

Serena: Cynthia Clarey

Robbins: Johnny Worthy

Jim: Curtis Watson

Peter: Mervin Wallace

Lily: Maureen Brathwaite

Maria: Marietta Simpson

Porgy: Willard White

Crown: Gregg Baker

Bess: Cynthia Haymon

Undertaker: Autris Paige

Annie: Paula Ingram

Frazier: William Johnson

Scipio: Nana Antwi-Nyanin

Nelson/Crab Man: Colenton Freeman

Strawberry Woman: Camellia Johnson

Detective: Alan Tilvern

Mr Archdale: Ted Maynard

Coroner: Billy J Mitchell

Policeman: Ron Travis

Production Team

Revival Producer: Stephen Medcalf