In light of the current situation, “The MET: Live in HD 2020 – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” due to take place on 13 December 2020 (Sunday) has been cancelled. For more information please see our Ticketing Arrangements page or contact us at (852) 2200 0022,

2020|220 mins|Sung in English with Chinese and English Subtitles
Category: IIB

“A splendid ‘Porgy and Bess’”
──The New York Times

As a prelude to this year’s Freespace Jazz Fest, we present a screening of the American opera masterpiece, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, from the Metropolitan Opera’s MET Live in HD series.

Written in 1935 – and featuring familiar arias like Summertime, It Aint Necessarily So and I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’ Porgy and Bess focuses on the joys and struggles of the residents of a Charleston tenement in 1920s South Carolina.

The screening presents James Robinson’s widely acclaimed stage production, which premiered at the English National Opera in 2018 and at the Metropolitan Opera in 2019. Transporting audiences to the fictional “Catfish Row” on the Charleston waterfront, the production is vibrant with the music, dancing, triumphs and heartbreak of its characters. David Robertson conducts a dynamic award-winning cast, featuring bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy and soprano Angel Blue as Bess, and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker and Ryan Speedo Green.

Before the screening on 1 November 2020 (Sunday), special guest Angel Blue – acclaimed soprano who stars as “Bess” in the MET production – joins us live online for a 15-minute talk. Don’t miss this exclusive chance to hear from one of American opera’s leading divas.

Thanks to popular demand, we are adding an additional screening on 13 December 2020 (Sunday).

Creative team:
Composer: George Gershwin
Libretto: George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, Ira Gershwin
Director: James Robinson
Conductor: David Robertson
Main Cast: Eric Owens, Angel Blue

1 November 2020 (Sunday)
13 December 2020 (Sunday) *Additional Screening

Pre-screening Talk (1 November only): Approximately 15 minutes
Screening: Approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes including an intermission

Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre

Talk: English
Screening: Sung in English with Chinese and English subtitles


For senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients and full-time students on a first come, first served basis. Ticket holders must present proof of eligibility on admission.

FAMA members are eligible for concessionary tickets bought online, via telephone booking, or in person at the Xiqu Centre or Freespace ticket office on submission of promotion code, on a first come, first served basis.


  • In line with the latest government regulations and in the interests of community health, the seating capacity is currently operating at reduced levels which may affect the admission and seating arrangement. Please check back for event announcements and updates.
  • Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted
  • For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:
    • Please provide contact information when purchasing tickets.
    • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
    • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
    • Special seating arrangements are being implemented. Please follow the instructions of our staff.
    • If you have travelled outside of Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
    • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022,

Programme Enquiries:
Ms Lee (852) 2200 0377,

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Organised by West Kowloon

Co-organised by:
Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia Ltd.

Pre-Talk Supported By:
Barbash Arts Consulting Services

Tickets available from 9 October 2020 (Friday) at 10:00am.

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