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Porgy And Bess, 29 July 1986

The Opera

Venue: Glyndebourne

Composer: George Gershwin

Librettist: Dubose Heyward

Conductor: Simon Rattle

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra


Jasbo Brown: Wayne Marshall

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: Dorothy Ross

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: Maureen Brathwaite

Detective: Alan Tilvern

Mr Archdale: Ted Maynard

Coroner: Billy J Mitchell

Policeman: Ron Travis

Production Team

Original Producer: Trevor Nunn

Staff Director: Alby James

Set Designer: John Gunter

Costume Designer: Sue Blane

Lighting Designer: David Hersey

Choreographer: Charles Augins

Fight Arranger: Terry King