Yesterday I attended a dress rehearsal of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at The Lyric Opera of Chicago. I was honored to be in the audience watching the powerful, gut wrenching, beautiful story. The Principals, Chorus, Supers, Orchestra and of course all of the back stage people did an amazing job!
In particular (because I am a friend of hers) Gwendolyn Brown's performance was stellar. She was the pin that held the show together in the community of Catfish Row and Kittiwah Island. Her voice is beautiful, her convincing body language subtle but expressive. Through her as a focal point, we could feel the community's sorrow, hopelessness, as well as the faith in God and the momentary joys and fleeting hope.
I am so pleased to say that I have had the honor of working with her in the past when she were in the Lyric chorus and I was a Supernumerary. I know she will continue to go far with her career.