Knoxville Opera

Knoxville Opera is presenting Verdi's grand and epic opera, Aida. Performances will be given at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 4th at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 6th at 2:30. Featuring a cast of over two-hundred and an orchestra of over fifty , Aida has not been performed in Knoxville in eighteen years.

Soprano, Michelle Johnson sings the role of Aida and tenor, Dongwon Shin, the role of Radames. Together, they discuss the opera, their characters, Verdi's gorgeous music, and their prior experiences of singing these roles. 

On Friday, February 23rd at 7:30 and Sunday February 25th at 2:30, Knoxville Opera will present Puccini's breathtaking and beloved opera, Turandot. Everything about this opera is grand in size and, as such, requires the larger space provided by the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, where it will be performed. Turandot requires big voices to compliment the thickly orchestrated and romantic score, while the plot demands a large, colorful set, costumes and makeup. 

Knoxville Opera is presenting the Tennessee premiere of Donizetti's opera about Mary, Queen of Scots: Maria Stuarda. Performances are Friday, April 28th at 7:30 and Sunday, April 30th at 2:30 and, as always, will be presented at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Soprano, Rochelle Bard, who sings the role of Queen Mary, talks to Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, about the opera, her complex character, the challenges of the role, and also about how she fell into the world of opera.

Looking for a romantic opera to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day? Knoxville Opera has just the ticket: Puccini's popular and breathtaking opera, La Boheme.

In this interview, Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, talks with soprano, Julia Lima (singing the role of Musetta) and baritone, Craig Verm (singing the role of Marcello). They discuss the opera and their characters, a little bit about themselves, and also about the changing perception of opera in modern society.

Operas and musicals have long provided an escape from the day-to-day and also, perhaps, from troubling times. Live theatre transports us to another time and place and that's exactly what Knoxville Opera's production of The Pirates of Penzance will do this weekend. Gilbert & Sullivan's music pleases the ear, while the hilariously entertaining story will tickle the funny bone.  Performances are Friday, October 21st at 7:30 and Sunday, October 23rd at 2:30 and, as always, will be given in the magnificent Tennessee Theatre.  

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