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In review: Porgy & Bess

We are now into week five of our 2019 festival and each of our operas have received four or five star reviews.

Read a selection of press and audience reactions below.

The critics

“South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana as Porgy is the emotional heart of the performance” ★★★★ The Financial Times

“To hear the words expressed with such renewed meaning, to see such committed acting & singing, to hear this score soar & swing, reminded me what a masterpiece it is” Musical Theatre Review

“Grange Park Opera rises to the multiple challenges of Porgy & Bess with aplomb, pizzazz and great singing” ★★★★ The Arts Desk


Bess (Laquita Mitchell) and Porgy (Musa Ngqungwana). Credit: Richard Hubert-Smith
Clara (Francesca Chiejina). Credit: Richard Hubert-Smith

Clara (Francesca Chiejina). Credit: Richard Hubert-Smith

The audience

“The performance showcased the highest production values, choral work and musicianship.”

“I am reeling and will probably continue to be all week, after witnessing Porgy & Bess. Nothing short of outstanding in almost every way, with the best direction and hardest working ensemble of any opera I’ve seen. Pure passionate unadulterated ecstasy.”

“Porgy & Bess was superb; a really difficult show to execute well and everyone rose to the occasion- especially the orchestra”.

Porgy & Bess image gallery