DuBose Heyward

Morgan State to stage 'Porgy and Bess'

Morgan State to stage 'Porgy and Bess'

It's a kind of a musical homecoming.

"Porgy and Bess," the first and, many would say, greatest American opera, returns to Baltimore after a long absence with a large-scale production this week at Morgan State University, featuring several well-established singers who have come back to their alma mater for the occasion.

In a way, the character of Bess is coming home, too. The creator of that role, Baltimore-born soprano Anne Brown, studied at what was then Morgan College before moving to New York and sharing the spotlight at the 1935 premiere of "Porgy and Bess."

"This opera belongs right here on the stage at Morgan State," says alumna...