The Gershwins / Bartók

Porgy és Bess / Bluebeard's Castle


Concert highlights in Hungarian and English with Hungarian and English surtitles

The Gershwins®

Porgy and Bess®

Pretty much everybody has heard the classic hits I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’  and It Ain’t Necessarily So, and, perhaps most famous of all: Summertime. What most people don't realize, however, is that these great songs are not simply old jazz standards. They started life as the most popular parts of one of the most famous American operas: Porgy and Bess®.
Dating from 1935, this work created by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, originally presented the lives of the inhabitants of an African-American community in Charleston, South Carolina, in all of its splendor – its joyfulness and reverence, the hard work and, sometimes, its violence – through the love story of a crippled beggar and a drug-addicted woman.

The English surtitles use the text from the original work, which is written mostly in the Gullah dialect.

“GERSHWIN® is a registered trademark and service mark of Gershwin Enterprises. PORGY AND BESS®is a registered trademark and service mark of Porgy and Bess Enterprises.”

Disclaimer of the copyright owners: “The manner in which this production of Porgy and Bess is being produced is unauthorized and is contrary to the requirements for the presentation of the work.”

András Palerdi
Gabriella Létay Kiss

Béla Bartók

Bluebeard's Castle

Erika Gál
Willard White
Artúr Kálid


Opera House – Main stage
Opera House – Main stage