For Immediate Release
January 21, 2020
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—One of America’s most beloved operas—George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess—comes to the big screen at the Clark Art Institute Saturday, February 1, at 12:55 pm. The opera is presented by The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, now in its fourteenth season. Broadcasts feature the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary.
First premiering in 1935, Porgy and Bess has remained a staple of American theater for eighty-five years. Known for its classic songs including “I Loves You, Porgy,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “My Man’s Gone Now,” and “Summertime,” the opera also has a unique and cohesive score built upon George Gershwin’s study of the Gullah music of Tidewater Carolina melded with jazz and Eastern European Jewish musical influences.
In the Met’s first staging of this masterpiece in almost three decades, the stylish production from director James Robinson transports audiences to Catfish Row and has garnered rave reviews since opening in fall of 2019. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles alongside a stellar supporting cast, including a sixty-person chorus.
Run time is three hours and fifteen minutes. Tickets for each performance are $25 ($22 for Clark members and $18 for students with valid ID). To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 413 458 0524. All sales are final.
The next Met: Live in HD performance is Handel’s Agrippina, airing February 29.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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