The University of Chicago Chronicle reports that the Lyric Opera of Chicago has solicited the help of Travis A. Jackson, Associate Professor in Music and the College. Jackson will examine Porgy and Bess, George Gershwin’s classic work that has become a part of the international opera repertory. Jackson will ask whether Porgy and Bess can truly be called an opera, and look at how black operatic performers have navigated its dubious portrayal of African American life in the South. The Chronicle quotes Jackson as saying:
“The world of concert music has always been a difficult space for African Americans to navigate,” he adds. “Porgy and Bess, however unflattering its depiction might be, gives many performers an otherwise elusive opportunity to get a hearing.”
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