I just finished watching Porgy and Bess for the second time in a week (once with my Mom in Tucson, then with my wife back home) and this is probably my favorite scene. Good stuff really kicks in at about 2:30. I gotta say this is what I most love about religion. May be the opium of the people but sometimes that dope is mighty fine.
Interesting how controversial this opera was (is) in the black community ever since it came out in 1935. It’s seen as racist because it plays off stereotypes of black people being poor and tempted by drugs. They could have added superstitious to that but a heck of a lot of white people fall for that one as well- not to mention a lot of poor druggies as well. Funny how most of ‘em vote Republican.
I can’t see it as racist because it brings out the beauty and soul of the African American spirit, combined with truly incredible and pretty damn sophisticated music. “Bess, you is my woman now” is simply one of the greatest duets I’ve ever heard in any opera. Here it is: