Come experience a new version on the iconic "Porgy and Bess," featuring Rhiannon Giddens and performed by the Greensboro Opera. George Gershwin called his masterpiece "Porgy and Bess" a “folk opera.” With familiar tunes such as “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So" and “My Man’s Gone Now,” this greatest of American operas is a story about community: love for each other, struggles and redemption, and overcoming adversity.

Rhiannon Giddens who is set to play Bess is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient. She is also a native to Greensboro and graduated from UNC-Greensboro. “It’s kind of a rite of passage for so many African-American performers, doing ‘Porgy and Bess,’” Giddens said. “I’m excited to join that brotherhood and sisterhood of black performers who have done it.”

Awadagin Pratt a faculty artist at the Eastern Music Festival, will conduct the opera’s orchestra.

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Steven Tanger Performing Arts Center One Abe Brenner Place
Greensboro, NC 27401

(336) 373-7400

Updated July 6, 2020