How An Apartheid Setting Alters Porgy And Bess

“In the decades since Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway … it’s become fashionable in some quarters to criticise” the George Gershwin piece “as reductive, even patronising. But transplanted” by Cape Town Opera “to a place and an era when state-sanctioned oppression and segregation was a part of life,” it “has recovered its edge.”