Checking In With Becky Hancock and the Tennessee Theatre

I spoke with Becky Hancock, Executive Director of the Tennessee Theatre. I asked if she would talk us through those early days when they realized this would be a significant event, through what transpired over the next weeks and into what she sees in the coming months. As she noted throughout the conversation, events tomorrow […]

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 […]