Hungarian State Opera To Stage Unauthorized Version Of ‘Porgy And Bess’

The Hungarian State Opera was not authorized to perform “Porgy and Bess” with an all Hungarian cast.

According to a press release the company released and an article OperaWire published, the company would be making history by performing with a non-black cast.

However, the Tams-Witmark Music Library, which licenses the live stage performing rights for the opera on behalf of the owners of that work, never gave permission to the opera company to do so. According to the Music library, a license was issued to the Hungarian State Opera for performances of the work commencing January 27, 2018 but the Hungarian State Opera did not receive permission to produce “Porgy And Bess” with a cast of Hungarian singers. OperaWire was contacted directly by Jim Colleran, the Director of Communications for Tams-Witmark Music Library, with the information.

Colleran also emphasized that the Opera company’s advertising and program for the production now includes the following language: “The manner in which this production of ‘Porgy And Bess’ is being produced is unauthorized and is contrary to the requirements for the presentation of the work.”

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

1 Comment on "Hungarian State Opera To Stage Unauthorized Version Of ‘Porgy And Bess’"

  1. What does that statement from Tams-Witmark Music Library mean? That when they issued the license, they thought the production was going to have a black cast? Does that mean the Hungarian State Opera lied, or omitted, or it just never came up, or what?

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