Porgy and Bess
The Greensboro Opera will present Porgy and Bess at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts on November 13 and 15, 2020 at the New Steven Tanger Performing Arts Center in Downtown Greensboro.
Porgy and Bess, the first event booking announcement for the Tanger Center, will feature Grammy-award winning musical artist and Greensboro native Rhiannon Giddens as Bess.
Greensboro Opera has enlisted key community partners to bring this live theatrical opera production to the inaugural season of the Tanger Center. For over 25 years, Greensboro Opera and Guilford County Schools have partnered to provide rich cultural experiences to students, including “Opera at the Carolina,” which annually brings over 6,000 GCS fifth-graders to the Carolina Theatre and a 2014 residency at Swann Middle School (funded by ArtsGreensboro) in which the students wrote and performed their own opera. With arts education at the core of Greensboro Opera’s mission, GCS and local university students, staff and teachers will be directly involved on stage and behind the scenes in this production of Porgy and Bess.
Additional partners in this collaborative community project include VF Corporation, Kathy Manning and Randall Kaplan, area universities (including UNCG and NC A&T), GCAMP (Jacquie Gilliam and Nancy Hoffmann, co-chairs), ArtsGreensboro, Awadagin Pratt (EMF Faculty Artist), and many others.