BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It’s an opera that turned a Baltimore singer into a star. Now “Porgy and Bess” is returning home.

Monique Griego has more on its debut at Morgan State University.

From the songs to the set, it’s an opera that will take you back in time.

“Opera is just a great thing that everyone should have a chance to experience,” said Kimiesha Robinson, student.

George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” debuted in 1935. But this week it’s coming back to life at Morgan State University.

“It’s a billion-dollar opera, and everywhere in the world people love this work,” said Vincent Stringer, artistic director.

The opera deals with African-American life in the 1920s and follows the ups and downs of its title characters Porgy and Bess.

“Love, obsession. There is addiction. There is hope,” Stringer said.

The cast is made up of a mix of professional actors and Morgan students.

“This is a vocal mega for the voice. We have some incredible talent here,” said Eric Conway.

Because opera is so taxing on your voice, two actresses will play the title role of Bess. One is a current student. The other is an alumna.

“It’s very exciting because we have a legacy connection to ‘Porgy and Bess,’” Stringer said.

The very first Bess was played by Baltimore native and Morgan graduate Anne Brown.

Brown’s portrayal of Bess made the role famous.

For many that connection makes the play even more special.

“I think it’s really important that we had this opportunity to put the show on, so I guess you could say Bess comes home in a way,” Robinson said.

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