Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess (1967) was an opera production by The Norwegian National Opera. Porgy and Bess was a Norwegian premiere based on the opera of the same title by George Gershwin (music) and DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin (libretto), after a play by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward. The production was performed on The Norwegian National Opera’s main stage in Folketeateret.

The director was Anne Brown. (She had created the role of Bess in the original production in the USA, and was granted permission to perform the opera with a cast of non-coloured singers.)

John Fleming performed the role of Porgy.

Irene Oliver and Martha Flowers performed the role of Bess.


(Objekt ID 55570)
Object type Production
Premiere September 7, 1967
Produced by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Based on Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward
Audience Adults
Language English
Keywords Opera
Running period September 7, 1967  


Anne-Margrethe Skari’s private archive. Donated by Anne-Margrethe Skari, 17.11.2021

Maud Hurum, Maud Hurums operahistorie 1749-2000, Opera forlag 2008

Einar Dahl’s private archive. Donated by Einar Dahl, 27.05.2016

Performance dates
August 27, 1968Hovedscenen i Folketeaterbygningen Season premiere/Seasonal opening
September 7, 1967Hovedscenen i Folketeaterbygningen National premiere, Norway