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May 15, 2010 12:00 AM

Powerful singers bring 'Porgy' to life

It was not encouraging to walk into the Belk Theater on Friday and see about 20 musicians in the orchestra pit warming up for "Porgy and Bess." I'd heard that tried with the beloved Gershwin opera in the past - by a scrawny touring company that went around - and it didn't work.

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