Michael Capasso presents the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
DONITA VOLKWIJN (Bess) Most recently, soprano Donita Volkwijn participated in the Mezzo Competition, in which she was selected to perform the role of the Condemned Female in David Alagna's Le Dernier Jour d'un Condamné in Debrecen and Szeged, Hungary and which was broadcast by Mezzo Television in more than 39 European countries. Ms. Volkwijn has been seen in major European cities, performing the role of Bess in a touring production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, after a very successful debut of the role with Tulsa Opera. She has appeared with Tulsa Opera as Micaela in Carmen and this performance led to her debut with Hawaii Opera Theatre in the same role. No stranger to the music of Giacomo Puccini, she recently performed two of his heroines with Dicapo Opera Theater; Mimì in La Bohème and Anna in Le Villi, as well as her first Musetta in La Bohème with Tulsa Opera. With the prestigious San Francisco Opera, she has appeared as Frasquita in Carmen, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Giannetta in L'Elisir d'Amore, Mimì in La Bohème, Irma in Louise (covering Renée Fleming in the title role), as Anna in Nabucco, as a Flower Maiden Parsifal and as Mrs. Charlton in the world premiere of Dead Man Walking.
    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)