Classic opera an inspiring, triumphant work of American art
Wednesday, March 19 — When “Porgy and Bess,” George and Ira Gershwin’s American opera debuted in 1935, Jim Crow still ruled the roost in America. Since then, laws have changed, ideals have shifted, but white people are still more likely to have lunch with white people and black people are still more likely to have lunch with black people. What hasn’t changed is the uniqueness of this show, which was just as singular then as it is now. Seriously: How many operas specifically set in the African-American community do you know of?