Michael Capasso presents the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
KENNETH OVERTON (Porgy) Baritone Kenneth Overton recently returned to Sacramento Opera as Germont (La Traviata) after making his debut in 2006 as Ping (Turandot). After a successful debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Porgy (Porgy and Bess), Kenneth started off the 2009 season as Porgy with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, followed by concert appearances in the same role with The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Paducah Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 he made his New York City Opera debut in a concert performance of (Troubled Island) by William Grant Still and his San Francisco Opera debut as Lawyer Frazier (Porgy and Bess). Upcoming engagements include the soloist in Handel's Messiah with The Norwalk Symphony, Verdi's Requiem at Montclaire State University and at The Cathedral Basilica in NJ. Kenneth also made his Pensacola Opera debut this season in the world premier of David Ott's The Widow's Lantern and in 2010 will return to Pensacola Opera as Joe (Showboat). This spring Kenneth will reprise the role of Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) for Opera Memphis. The young baritone will also return to San Francisco Opera as Sid (La Fanciulla del West) and to The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. Other recent engagements include performances with Nashville Opera, Connecticut Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Duluth Superior Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony among others. Later In 2010 Kenneth releases his debut CD of Negro Spirituals and Afro-American Art Songs for Albany Records' Mosaic Label. In addition, he serves as the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Noire of New York. For more information please visit www.kennethoverton.com.
    Kevin Short (Porgy)
Kenneth Overtton (Porgy)
Kishna Davis (Bess)
Donita Volkwijn (Bess)
Reyna Carguill (Serena)
Phillip Boykin (Crown)
Reggie Whitehead (Sportin' Life)
Gwendolyn Brown (Maria)
Eric McKeever (Jake)
Chazmond Peacock (Mingo)
Taiwan Norris (Robbins)
Sequina Dubose (Clara)
Johnny Lee Green (Peter)
Natalya Simone Thomas (Lily)
Ambe Williams (Annie/Lily Understudy)
Mari-Yan Pringle (Strawberry Woman/
   Serena Understudy)
Frederick Jackson (Jim/Porgy Understudy)
Darnell Ishmel (Undertaker/Jake Understudy)
Sean T. Miller (Crabman/Nelson/
   Sportin' Life Cover)
Charles Jason Freeman (Funeral Solo Baritone/Jim/
   Undertaker Understudy)
Taleesha Janine Scott (Funeral Solo Soprano/
   Clara Understudy)
Colleen Beaumont (Ensemble/Bess Understudy)
Jeanette Blakeney (Ensemble/Maria Understudy)
Jaime Cepero (Ensemble/Scipio)
Jason McKinney (Ensemble/Crown Understudy)
Anthony P. McGlaun (Ensemble/Mingo/Robbins/
   Peter/Nelson/Crabman Understudy)
Angela Owens (Ensemble/
   Strawberry Woman Understudy)