Join Capitol City Opera Company on July 18 and 20 at 7:00 pm at Petite Violette for a night of delicious food and performances from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Make a reservation at Petite Violette Restaurant by going to

Porgy and Bess, dramatic folk opera in three acts by George Gershwin. Its English libretto was written by DuBose Heyward (with lyrics by Heyward and Ira Gershwin), based on Heyward’s novel Porgy (1925). The opera—which premiered at the Alvin Theatre in New York City on October 10, 1935—is considered to be the first great American opera. It contains many beloved musical numbers, including the arias ‘Summertime’ and ‘I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’. Set in the 1930s in an African-American Charleston neighborhood known as Catfish Row, Porgy and Bess centers on the tragic love story of the cripple beggar Porgy and beautiful Bess, who longs to turn away from her former life as a prostitute and cocaine addict. After a murder, Bess’ abusive partner Crown flees, leaving her at the mercy of a disapproving community and tempted by the seductive drug dealer Sporting Life. Bess strikes up an unlikely relationship with Porgy and gradually finds acceptance on Catfish Row—until a hurricane and the return of Crown change everyone’s lives forever.”

Dinner and a Diva: Porgy and Bess is sponsored by Bob and Karen Coleman.

Meet the Cast

Aja Brimm as Bess/Clara/Serena
Andre Peele as Porgy/Jake/Crown
Timothy Parrott as Spartan Life/Jake/Crown
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