Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Opera News: “...a magnificent realization of 'Porgy and Bess'” by New Jersey State Opera

[Richard C. Alston as “Jasbo Brown”]

Porgy and Bess
New Jersey State Opera
David Shengold
“After four years of limited activity and rebuilding following the death of longtime leader Alfredo Silipigni, New Jersey State Opera roared back to mainstage activity with a magnificent realization of Porgy and Bess that deserved the thunderous standing ovation it won on May 23, the second of two performances.”

“The cast was of a very high level, with many Porgy veterans featured. Laquita Mitchell looked and moved beautifully, and her fine voice has a lovely tonal sheen and soaring high notes.” “Besides committed pianist Richard C. Alston (onstage as Jasbo Brown), we heard the New Jersey Symphony in a well-coordinated and sweeping reading under artistic director Jason C. Tramm.”

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