Madame Butterfly Presented By Knoxville Opera

Knoxville Opera begins its new season in the Tennessee Theatre with a production of Madame Butterfly. First produced in Milan, Italy, in 1904, the opera has gone from being not well received initially to one of the most performed operas of all time. With music by Giacomo Puccini and libretto by  Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, it […]

Knoxville Opera Presents Lucia Di Lammermoor

This weekend (Friday, 7:30 PM, Sunday, 2:30 PM) Knoxville Opera presents Lucia Di Lammermoor at the Tennessee Theatre. It is the second production in their 2018 – 2019 season and features Brian Salesky as Music Director and Conductor, Brian Deedrick as Stage Director and John Horner as Lighting Designer. The intermission at each performance of […]

The Tennessee Theatre Purchases Four Floors of the Mechanics Bank and Trust Building

I first wrote about the Mechanics Bank and Trust Building at 612 South Gay Street about four-and-a-half years ago. The article focused on the amazing fifth floor of the building. Almost a year ago I, again, wrote about the Mechanics Bank and Trust Building, with a focus on the first four floors, which were for […]

Can Opera Be Funny? Can It Even Make Fun of Itself? Check Out These Performances!

Knoxville Opera presents a double bill tonight and Sunday at the Tennessee Theatre and the fare is anything but stilted. If you haven’t experienced opera, this would be a good place to start. If you enjoy opera, but think it sometimes takes itself a bit too seriously, this is your night. The Impressario is presented […]

An Interview with a Knoxville Treasure: Dr. Bill Snyder

October 1 is a bit of a momentous day. The Tennessee Theatre celebrates the precise 90th anniversary of their opening day, October 1, 1928. It culminates their 90 years in 90 days celebration and it also marks the end of an important era in the history of the theater. Dr. Bill Snyder officially retires that […]