Greensboro's Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts isn't scheduled to open for another year and a half. But the venue has lined up a local favorite for its first booking.

Rhiannon Giddens will star in Greensboro Opera's presentation of Porgy and Bess, scheduled for November 2020.

The Greensboro native and Grammy-winning musician will star as Bess in George Gershwin's classic folk-opera.

While this won't be the first event at the Tanger Center, it is the first official booking for the performance venue, which is currently under construction.

The 3,000-seat performing arts center will be located in downtown Greensboro and will be managed by the staff of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Giddens, who recently received a MacArthur “genius” grant, is a classically trained singer who attended University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She was recently back in town to perform and guest-curate the inaugural N.C. Folk Festival.

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