Gershwin family commissions new edition of Porgy and Bess for UMS; with Talise Trevigne and Janai Brugger

14 February 2018

Sopranos Talise Trevigne and Janai Brugger perform in UMS production of the new critical edition of Porgy and Bess. Both artist are to reprise the respective roles of Bess and Clara at major European and US houses in the coming seasons.


The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance has entered into a long-term partnership with the Gershwin family to undertake a two-part initiative that will bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences worldwide. The Gershwin Initiative includes firstly a new scholarly edition of George and Ira’s creative work, plus educational opportunities for U-M students to perform and learn about the Gershwins’ art.

This new critical edition explains the choices and historical research made in its creation in order to produce an edition that represents the authors’ work in as definitive a form as possible



Talise Trevigne has previously received outstanding reviews for her performances in the role of Bess.

The Glimmerglass Festival, August 2017

Talise Trevigne is a well-established soprano. Her voice has a rich lyric quality and she easily negotiated the soaring lines that Gershwin assigned to Bess, the bad girl incapable of redeeming herself through love.

Bachtrack, Edward Sava-Segal, 7 August 2017


An excellent actress and musician, the winning Talise Trevigne managed to suggest the slightly wider vocal scope needed for Bess, giving a disciplined, detailed reading free of all stereotype.

Opera Magazine, David Shengold, October 2017

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