American Operas

DVD (Number of discs: 6)
26 Aug 2016

Barcode: 0880242636881

Other participants: San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Dance Corps · Kay Stern · Ian Robertson · Patrick Summers, John DeMain · Cast: Jay Hunter Morris · Stephen Costello · Morgan Smith · Jonathan Lemalu · Talise Trevigne · Robert Orth · Heidi Stober · Michael Todd Simpson · Bill Irwin · Patricia Racette · Morris Robinson · Angela Renée Simpson

This magnificent DVD box set includes three of the most popular American operas in the repertoire: Porgy & Bess℠, Show Boat and Moby Dick, with extensive bonus material for each production.

MOBY DICK Herman Melville’s epic tale of a fierce, obsessive whaling-boat captain who descends into madness and puts his crew in mortal danger.
"Achingly beautiful, magnificently sung and gorgeously staged ... the audience responded with an eight-minute standing ovation" - Associated Press
With Grammy Award-winning tenor Jay Hunter Morris, Stephen Costello and Morgan Smith
Bonus features: Interviews with soloists and actors

SHOW BOAT A true classic of American musical theatre, Showboat is an enduring love story set against the backdrop of racial prejudice in the Mississippi of the 1880s to 1920s. A monumental work of "choral grandeur and melodic richness" The New York Times
Featuring songbook classics such as “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” in a stylish, exuberant production
With Heidi Stober, Michael Todd Simpson, Emmy winner Bill Irwin and Patricia Racette
Bonus features: Interviews with soloists and actors

PORGY & BESS℠ George Gershwin’s all- American masterpiece seamlessly fuses classical idioms, jazz, blues and spirituals in a moving tale about a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves, and the community that supports them both.
"Triumphant! A first-class, sold-out Porgy and Bess." - San Francisco Examiner

Captain Ahab - Jay Hunter Morris · Greenhorn - Stephen Costello
Starbuck, First Mate - Morgan Smith · Queequeg, a harpooner - Jonathan Lemalu
Pip, Ahab’s cabin boy - Talise Trevigne · Stubb, Second Mate - Robert Orth

Magnolia Hawks - Heidi Stober · Gaylord Ravenal - Michael Todd Simpson
Cap'n Andy Hawks - Bill Irwin · Julie La Verne - Patricia Racette
Joe - Morris Robinson · Queenie - Angela Renée Simpson

Features interviews with director Francesca Zambello, conductor John DeMain and reflections by general director David Gockley