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George Gershwin

Tinpan Alley opera

Born Jacob Gershwin
September 26, 1898, Brookyn, New York
Died July 10, 1937, Los Angeles, California
About George Gershwin

Better known today for his musicals and popular songs, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is one of the most successful operas of the twentieth century; its best known arias, such as "Summertime," have been recorded by musicians of every sort, from opera to jazz to rock. Blue Monday, written during Gershwin's early years on Broadway, is more of a series of popular songs strung together with recitative.

  • Blue Monday (135th Street), jazz opera (1922, The George White Scandals of 1922)
  • Porgy and Bess
    Libretto by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin after the novel and play Porgy by DuBose Heyward.
    October 10, 1935, Alvin Theatre, New York, New York

Discography Search for recordings of the music of George Gershwin at Amazon.com

George Gershwin

Porgy and Bess

London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle

3 CD / EMI Classics (2005)

George Gershwin

Blue Monday


CD / Aura 174 (1999)

Selections from Porgy and Bess

Blue Monday


George Gershwin

Porgy and Bess/Blue Monday

Bishop/Baker, Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel

CD / Telarc 80434 (1998)

excerpts from Porgy and Bess ((with Helen Jepson))


Lawrence Tibbett: From Broadway to Hollywood

CD / Nimbus NI7881 (1999)

"Summertime" and "My man's gone now" from Porgy and Bess


Renee Fleming

I Want Magic! American Opera Arias

CD / Polygram 160567 (1998)

George Gershwin

Porgy and Bess

White/Haymon/Blackwell/Baker, ENO/Rattle

3 CD / Angel 56220 (1997)

George Gershwin

Porgy and Bess (first complete recording)

Willard White/Leona Mitchell/McHenry Boatwright, Cleveland Orchestra/Maazel

3 CD / Decca (1976)

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George Gershwin

Porgy and Bess

White/Haymon, Glyndebourne/Rattle

DVD / EMI (1993)

Last update: January 1, 2009