KNOXVILLE, TN – Oct. 1, 2019 – Knoxville Opera’s mainstage opera season opens with Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” starring Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Pastin Oct. 25 and Oct. 27 at the Tennessee Theatre.
Praised by Opera News as having “one of the most sheerly beautiful voices on the scene today,” Pastin made her Met debut as Masha in “The Queen of Spades” and more recently performed there as Nedda in “Pagliacci.”
Knoxville Opera’s casting includes tenor Richard Troxell, who starred as Lt. Pinkerton in Frédéric Mitterand’s award-winning movie version of the opera. Baritone Sean Anderson will bring his gravitas to the role of the U.S. Consul Sharpless; Mezzosoprano Lisa Chavez will make her Knoxville Opera debut as Suzuki, Butterfly’s companion. David Crawford will portray Butterfly’s malevolent Uncle Bonzo.
The production, sponsored by Dr. Sharon Lord, will be staged by Brian Deedrick. Maestro Brian Salesky, the company’s executive and artistic director, will conduct the production which includes the participation of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and students from the University of Tennessee’s graduate opera program. Performances are presented in Italian with projected English translations/lyrics on a screen above the stage.
Tickets start at $25 for adults and $15 for students.
For tickets and more information, visit www.knoxvilleopera.com or call the Tennessee Theatre Box Office at 865-524-0795 ext. 1, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Members of the principal cast may also be heard at Knoxville Opera’s free admission concert, Knoxville Opera Goes to Church Oct. 6 at New Covenant Baptist Church and Oct. 19 at the Opera Ball at the Knoxville Museum of Art.
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, KaTom Restaurant Supply, and Home Federal Bank.
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