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Porgy and Bess, Coliseum review: Splendid vehicle honours Gershwin’s ambition

Mired in trouble thanks to a series of avoidable but calamitous artistic misjudgements, English National Opera desperately needs a wise hand on the tiller. This show makes a splendid vehicle for the towering work which would probably have led to more, had Gershwin not died so tragically young. Gershwin’s characterisation may be at times crude, but here the action still feels properly mythical.

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