Michael Capasso presents the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
TAIWAN NORRIS (Robbins) a rich voiced, accomplished tenor, recently made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Robbins (Porgy and Bess), a role he has also performed with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Opera Delaware. Taiwan has appeared with New York City Opera, and New Jersey Opera Theatre. In June 2008, he was selected as one of six finalists in the Harlem Opera Theatre 2008 Vocal Competition. His recent roles include the Messenger (Il Trovatore), the Announcer (Showboat) with the Utah Festival Opera, and Benvolio, (Gounod's Roméo et Juliette) with Center City Opera Theatre. Norris has also graced the stage as the Hawker (La Bohème) and Frederick (cover) (The Pirates of Penzance). A skilled singer and actor, Norris played Tiny Joe Dixon (Dreamgirls); and Jack Worthing (The Importance of Being Earnest). His musical journey began at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Norris holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Morgan State University.
    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)