Michael Capasso presents the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
GWENDOLYN BROWN (Maria) contralto, has performed the role of Maria in Porgy and Bess in Amsterdam and Brussels, and most recently reprised the role this season with Washington National Opera. Of a recent concert performance of this piece at the Hollywood Bowl the Los Angeles Times described her as a "fabulously vivacious" Maria and the Tulsa World noted her debut performance as "bring[ing] a large helping of sass to the role of Maria". Ms. Brown's 2009-2010 season includes performances with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Washington National Opera. In 1995, Gwendolyn Brown lent her voice to the character of the great Marion Anderson for Soul of The Game, an HBO Productions movie. It is a fitting match, for this young singer possesses a true contralto instrument showing much the same rare quality as that of the late legendary star. The voice is luminously rich in its dark lower tones, and continues to shimmer glowingly as Miss Brown moves throughout her range. To hear Gwendolyn Brown "is to experience that primal thrill which comes in the presence of a singer whose fusion of soul with a vast, resonant instrument is total." (Saugerties Post Star).
    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)