Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic farce, The Pirates of Penzance, kicks off the season in October with a stellar group of G&S veterans who will have you reveling at the antics of those zany pirates. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, Puccini’s beloved La Bohème about 1830 Parisian Bohemians returns after an absence of 11 years. You’ll be humming those gorgeous melodies starting with Musetta’s captivating waltz. The season then hits its spectacular high note with the Tennessee premiere of Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda). The explosive confrontation between Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I results in an electrifying march to the scaffold. The famous battle of the two queens, hurling insults and electrifying vocalism at each other, is a stupendous operatic experience not to be missed.
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Knoxville Opera’s mission is to contribute to the future of the operatic art form by providing high quality and locally sourced operas. To encourage and strengthen the performing arts in East Tennessee, our mission also includes educating the community about opera and its role in our culture. Knoxville Opera, founded in 1978, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our productions are made possible, in part, by generous funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Knoxville, the Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville, the Arts & Heritage Fund, the Arts Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, and the Cole Foundation.
If you would like to attend one of our performances but don’t have anyone to attend with, join our Facebook group, Sempre Opera Society! (S.O.S.), to be a part of an opera-loving group that meets for dinner and drinks before performances and sits together during the show. Join us on Facebook for more information.