George Gershwin American Routes Shortcuts: Gershwin's "Summertime" By Nick Spitzer • Aug 4, 2017 American Routes Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peak at our upcoming show. This week, we bask in the summer heat and listen to our favorite versions of the George Gershwin classic, “Summertime,” from the 1934 opera Porgy and Bess. Opera And Jazz Unite In The Marigny By Sharon Litwin • Jul 25, 2013 For the second summer in a row the Marigny Opera House is offering itself as a performance venue to a homegrown small opera company. The 9th Ward Opera Company is the brainchild of Kathleen Westfall, a self-described “little Cajun girl” who’s equally comfortable singing on stage in New York or going crabbing in Thibodaux. Sharon Litwin talks to her about the two unusual one-act operas she’s presenting this month.