Angel Blue

June 29, 2020. It’s impossible not to smile when you encounter the opera star, soprano Angel Blue, whether you’re caught up in the emotion or the humor of a song she’s singing, watching her breathe life into a character onstage, or chatting with her about finding joy everywhere she goes.

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Little did I know, as I sat in Verizon Hall back on March 7th waiting for the concert to begin, that it would be the last Philadelphia Orchestra concert of the season performed before an audience.

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It was a 1925 novel, then a Broadway play, before George Gershwin worked with novelist DuBose Heyward to create what's been called "the first great American opera." Today, the beloved music of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess lives on, and off, the opera stage.