KNOXVILLE, TN – Aug. 26, 2019 – In addition to 100 education/community programs, Knoxville Opera’s 42nd Season features mainstage productions of “Madame Butterfly” by Puccini and “Romeo & Juliet” by Gounod, followed by the historic regional premiere of Okoye’s riveting “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom.”
All performances are presented with projected English translations/lyrics on a screen above the stage.
Madame Butterfly returns Oct. 25-27, 2019 to the Tennessee Theatre with Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Pastin as the betrayed Butterfly, and tenor Richard Troxell who starred as Lt. Pinkerton in Frédéric Mitterand’s award-winning film version of the opera.
The principal cast, including baritone Sean Anderson and mezzosoprano Lisa Chavez, will also perform at the 11th Annual Knoxville Opera Goes to Church concert Oct. 6, 2019 at New Covenant Baptist Church and at the Opera Ball Oct. 19, 2019 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.
Romeo and Juliet, based on the iconic Shakespeare tale of the star-crossed lovers, will be performed Feb. 14-16, 2020 at the Tennessee Theatre. This unique production is highlighted by dramatic readings from the original play in English throughout the performance. Chinese soprano Yulan Piao makes her debut as Juliet and Mackenzie Whitney, one of America’s fast-rising young tenors, debuts as Romeo. Metropolitan Opera bass Andrew Wentzel graces the stage as Friar Laurence and Stage Director Candace Evans returns to recreate her beautiful and poignant production.
Tennessee’s premiere of Harriet Tubman takes place May 1-3, 2020 at the Bijou Theatre. This performance is the cornerstone of the company’s community-wide celebration of the legendary heroine of the Underground Railroad. Composed by Nkeiru Okoye, it features a patchwork of styles including spirituals, Juba, ragtime, field hollers, work songs, shouts, gospel and jazz. Janinah Burnett will play Tubman
Cast members will perform the work at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, the Public Defender’s Office student program, in-school African-American Voices programs, and the 19th Annual Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival International Street Fair April 18, 2020.
Tickets, starting at $25 for adults and $15 for students, are on sale beginning Sept. 9, 2019.
Tickets may be purchased at www.KnoxvilleOpera.com or by calling the Box Office at 865-524-0795 ext. 1. The box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
About Knoxville Opera
Knoxville Opera’s mission is to provide the residents of East Tennessee with high quality, locally produced opera and to contribute to the future of the operatic art form by educating the community about opera and its role in our culture. Knoxville Opera, founded in 1978, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose programs are made possible, in part, by major funding from Tennessee Arts Commission, Aslan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pilot Flying J, Knox County, Regal Cinemas, Dr. Sharon Lord, The Sood Family, Nancy & Charlie Wagner, Steve & Ann Bailey, City of Knoxville, Cole Foundation, and Home Federal Bank.
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