Definitions for "Porgy and Bess"
Keywords:  gershwin, bess, george, opera, catfish
Porgy and Bess is an opera with music by George Gershwin, libretto by Du Bose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Heyward. It was based on Heyward's novel Porgy and the play of the same name that he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy. All three works deal with African American life in the fictitious Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina in the early 1930s.
This 1951 recording of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess was the first "complete" recording of the work from beginning to end, not a series of selections of popular songs from the work. (The recording did not include most of the music written by Gershwin which had been customarily cut from productions in the United States, however.)
This 1951 recording contains selections from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess sung by noted opera stars Robert Merrill and Risë Stevens. It was recorded on September 12 and September 13 1950. The album was originally released on one twelve-inch 33 1/3 rpm LP.