Porgy & Bess made over

Porgy & Bess made over
Belgian jazz vocalist David Linx (right, with co-star Maria Joao) on adding his personal touch to A Different Porgy & Another Bess

Doing a new rendition of one of the most famous folk operas in history is not an easy task, but Belgian jazz vocalist David Linx hopes to breathe new life into George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy And Bess.

The 48-year-old takes the role of Porgy in a jazz rendition of the folk opera, aptly titled A Different Porgy & Another Bess, which shows at the Esplanade tomorrow.

Linx tells Life! in a telephone interview from his home in Paris of adding his personal touch to the performance, inspired by the 1935 Gershwin classic: "You don't think about changing things.

"You really have to be yourself, you really have to have your own style and personality, and you really feel it when you do something historical like Porgy And Bess.

"Either you are an original artist or not."

A Different Porgy & Another Bess is inspired by the original folk opera, which tells the story of the fleeting romance between an itinerant woman Bess and a crippled beggar, Porgy, in a fictitious town in South Carolina.

When Linx performs here, he will be accompanied by Portuguese jazz vocalist Maria Joao, who plays Bess, and the famed Brussels Jazz Orchestra, one of Europe's premier big band jazz orchestras.

It is also known for performing the music of Oscar-winning silent movie The Artist (2011).

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