KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Knoxville Opera celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season in grand style, featuring two of the largest and most popular Italian operas along with a 100-event calendar of education and community events.
Headlined by artists from the United States, Canada, Korea and Russia, the company’s three main productions include a 40th Anniversary Gala Concert Oct. 27 at the Bijou Theatre; Puccini’s Chinese fable, Turandot (Feb. 23-25) at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium; and Verdi’s Egyptian epic, Aida (May 4-6) at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.
The Opera’s education/community event calendar consisting of mostly free events includes the 17th Annual Rossini Festival (April 14); the 9th Annual Knoxville Opera Goes to Church concert at Overcoming Believers Church (Oct. 22); in-school presentations of Opera 101, Turandot, and the African-American Voices Series; and concert appearances at Blount County Library, Pellissippi State, Cancer Support Community, Rarity Bay, Tellico Community Church, BOO! at the Zoo, the HoLa Festival, Mighty Musical Monday, PrideFest, and many more.
At a glance calendar:
• Oct. 22, 2017: 9th Annual Knoxville Opera Goes to Church concert at Overcoming Believers Church presented by Home Federal Bank (free to public)
• Oct. 27, 2017: 40th Anniversary Gala Concert at the Bijou Theatre presented by Dr. Sharon Lord (includes induction of eight new members into the Knoxville Opera Hall of Fame). Tickets to the Gala Concert and the operas may be purchased through Knoxville Opera at 865-524-0795, ext. 1.
• Feb. 23-25, 2018: Puccini’s fantastic Chinese fable, Turandot, at Knoxville Civic Auditorium
• April 14, 2018: 17th Annual Rossini Festival (free to public)
• May 4-6, 2018: Verdi’s Egyptian epic, Aida, at Knoxville Civic Auditorium
For tickets and more information, visit www.KnoxvilleOpera.com.
About Knoxville Opera
Knoxville Opera’s mission is to provide the residents of East Tennessee with high quality, locally produced opera and related educational and community programs. The company, founded in 1978, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose activities are made possible, in part, by generous major funding from the Aslan Foundation, Knoxville Opera Guild, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, The Fifth Commandment Fund, Pilot Flying J, Regal Cinemas, Knox County, Dr. Sharon Lord, The Sood Family, City of Knoxville, Robert H. & Monica M. Cole Foundation, YMCA Knoxville, and Home Federal Bank.
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