Review: “Porgy and Bess.” Music by George Gershwin; libretto by Ira Gershwin, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago through Dec. 20. ★★★★★
By Lawrence B. Johnson
The Lyric Opera’s revival of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” is a thing of beauty not to be missed. More than that, it’s a ringing affirmation of this iconic American stage work as a great opera.
That certification surely begins with the two mesmerizing singers who head Lyric’s splendid cast. Bass-baritone Eric Owens empowers Porgy with a voice larger than life yet scales this poor, crippled, yearning character to the credible proportions of a man. His woman, in a fragile union forged from convenience and necessity, is soprano Adina Aaron’s lithe and sexy Bess, vulnerable and gorgeously voiced.
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