English National Opera
Built in 1904, the London Coliseum is Covent Garden’s largest theatre, topped by a famous revolving globe and an extravagant Renaissance-style edifice that screams “high culture” at the top of its lungs.
This mightily impressive venue is home to the world-famous English National Opera and English National Ballet, meaning that many of the planet’s greatest performers have graced its stage.
The Coliseum has developed a reputation for drama, innovation and occasional controversy, with operas written in less widely understood languages performed exclusively in English to make them as accessible as possible to a wide audience.
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CURRENT PRODUCTION: PORGY AND BESS
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess explores the relationships between members of a close-knit community in 1920s South Carolina.
More than 80 years after its premiere, Porgy and Bess receives its first ENO staging. Written for a large cast, with a 40-voice chorus specially formed for this production, and full orchestra, Porgy and Bess is infused with unforgettable melodies, including the much-loved ‘Summertime’. This is a stage work that is emotionally charged, powerful and moving, delivered through jazz, ragtime, blues and spirituals.
Making their ENO debuts are conductor John Wilson and director James Robinson, the Artistic Director of Opera St Louis. Leading the cast are Eric Greene as Porgy and Nicole Cabell as Bess. Nmon Ford makes his role debut as Crown, and Latonia Moore, an outstanding ENO Aida, returns to the London Coliseum as Serena. British soprano Nadine Benjamin makes her company debut as Clara, while rising tenor Frederick Ballentine makes his UK debut as Sporting Life.
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