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American Operas

Eric Owens | Laquita Mitchell | Lester Lynch | Chauncey Packer | Karen Slack | Jay Hunter Morris | Stephen Costello | Morgan Smith | Jonathan Lemalu | Talise Trevigne | Heidi Stober | Michael Todd Simpson | Bill Irwin | Patricia Racette | Morris Robinson | Angela Renée Simpson | Harriet Harris | Kirsten Wyatt | John Bolton
San Francisco Opera Orchestra
John DeMain, Patrick Summers

This magnificent DVD-Box includes 3 incredible American works for the lyric stage from San Francisco Opera: Moby Dick, Show Boat and Porgy and Bess.

Moby Dick: Herman Melville’s epic tale of a fierce, obsessive whaling-boat captain who descends into madness and puts his crew in mortal danger.

Show Boat: An enduring love story set against a backdrop of racial prejudice, Show Boat gave birth to the American musical. Featuring such songbook classics as Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, this is a stylish, exuberant production from San Francisco Opera.

Porgy & Bess: George Gershwin miraculously melded classical idioms, jazz, blues and spirituals in this quintessentially American masterpiece about a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves, and the community that sustains them both.


George and Ira Gershwin, DuRose and Dorothy Heyward: Porgy & Bess
Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer: Moby Dick
Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein and Edna Ferber: Show Boat

Facts DVD

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Region code
Picture format
NTSC 16:9
Sound format
PCM Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
dts 5.1
Total running time
444 mins
Details running time
142 mins (Moby Dick) + 144 mins (Show Boat) + 158 mins (Porgy & Bess)
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Booklet notes
English, French, German
No. of discs
Interviews with Artists and Creative Team, Production Time-Lapse