Knoxville Opera Presents Aida This Weekend: A Pictorial Preview

Knoxville Opera concludes their season this weekend on the heels of the Rossini Festival. Verdi’s Aida will be produced Friday night and Sunday afternoon at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium where productions were shifted this season. Seasoned veteran Dean Anthony serves as Stage Director and Brian Salesky conducts and serves as Executive Director. Aida, a staple of opera […]

Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival 2018

A miracle happened this past weekend in downtown Knoxville. It could not have been lost on several of the tens of thousands who arrived in the center city for the annual Rossini Festival. It must not rain every year for this festival, but it’s done it enough years that it’s almost expected. It was even […]

Turandot Offers Drama, Beauty and Puccini’s Final Music

Knoxville Opera performs Puccini’s final opera (it was completed by Franco Alfano after the Puccini’s unexpected death) Friday night at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 PM. The performances will be in the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, not the Tennessee Theatre as is typically the case for Knoxville Opera performances. Forty-five minutes before each performance, […]

Knoxville Opera Presents Mary, Queen of Scots

Knoxville Opera‘s latest production, “Mary, Queen of Scots,” (originally produced in 1835 as Maria Stuarda) by  Gaetano Donizetti continues the opera  company’s presentation of excellent productions in the city. As I’ve said before, I’m no opera critic, but I’ve now seen quite a number of productions and this one hits some very good notes. The vocal […]

Rossini 2017 Dances Around the Rain Until It Can Dance No More

The forecast looked bleak. The history is spotty, at best. We all remember the year the Rossini Festival, sponsored by Knoxville Opera, was washed out by buckets of day-long rain. I slipped out early to watch the dogged preparations, as vendors and planners put on their game-faces and went about the business of getting ready […]