Pop the champagne! It’s time to start celebrating our 40th Anniversary Season – and in grand style!

Come celebrate Knoxville Opera’s 40 fabulous years, starting with a grand Gala Concert on October 27th featuring dazzling performances by Rochelle Bard, Catherine Daniel, and Scott Bearden, all of whom triumphed in our 2017 production of Mary Queen of Scots.  Returning to the Bijou Theatre, Knoxville Opera’s inaugural venue this riveting program includes operatic favorites and thrilling music from rarely performed operas.  Don’t miss the vocal fireworks!  Certainly the finest opera never completed, Turandot was bereft of its final scene due to Puccini’s untimely death.  While it took a mere mortal to finish what this genius composer had started, Turandot remains among the top of the operatic pantheon to this day.  Its ravishing score bursts with brilliant choruses and fiendishly difficult arias, including “Nessun dorma,” which Luciano Pavarotti elevated to iconic status.  Aida, the grandest of all operas, was commissioned to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal and has been thrilling audiences since its 1871 Cairo premiere.  Absent from the Knoxville Opera stage for 18 years, Verdi’s epic returns with 200 performers and its magnificent Triumphal Scene! We express our sincere appreciation for your patronage and look forward to thrilling you in our 40th Anniversary Season.

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Rossini Festival

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Voted Best Festival
April 14, 2018
Historic Downtown Knoxville

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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.

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