Michael Capasso presents the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
DARNELL ISHMEL (Undertaker/Jake Understudy) debuted in 2007 with Cincinnati Opera as the First Foundry Worker in the world premiere of Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story by Adolphus Hailstork. A prolific performer, Darnell's roles include: Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), The Policeman (The Consul), Parson/Badger (The Cunning Little Vixen), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Balthazar/Page (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), Trufalldino/The Wigmaker (Ariadne auf Naxos), Dr. Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Luther, Schlemil, and Crespel (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Don Alfonso (Così fan Tutte), and the title role in the world premiere of the long-lost James P. Johnson blues opera De Organizer. Darnell has appeared in the roles of Masetto (Don Giovanni) with Houston Ebony Opera Guild and Leporello (Don Giovanni) with Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance program. As a concert artist, he has performed the Bass roles in Verdi's Messa de Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, and Mozart's Coronation Mass.
    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)