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    Website-Banners-GivingTunesDay-program2Here’s something new……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. is an opera-loving group that will meet for dinner and drinks prior to performances and sit together during the show. Join us on Facebook for more information.

    The 2015-2016 Season of thrilling, riveting productions!

    Mefistofele ~ Boito

    200 Fabulous Performers…
    Awesome Special Effects…
    The timeless story of Faust who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for youth and love!

    Maestro Salesky’s onstage opera preview begins 45 minutes prior to each performance.

    Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00pm
    Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2:30pm
    In Italian with projected English translations

    Hansel and Gretel ~ Humperdinck

    A Delicious Gingerbread House…
    A Magical Forest…
    The beloved tale of two children whose goodness and faith triumph over an evil witch!

    Maestro Salesky’s onstage opera preview begins 45 minutes prior to each performance.

    Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:30pm
    Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2:30pm
    In English

    Tosca ~ Puccini

    Italy’s Greatest Diva…
    Torture, Murder, Suicide…
    a masterpiece of corruption and intrigue!

    Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 OR 3:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:15 pm (shine or rain!)

    Knoxville Opera is breaking all the rules of conventional opera production with the April 30, 2016 performance of Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca. For the first time in history, the artists, orchestra, and audience will travel among three venues in order to simulate the character’s experiences. You are invited to be one of only 1,400 people to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Performed in Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville Convention Exhibition Center, World’s Fair Park Amphitheater.

    Performed in Italian.

    Rome, Italy, June 17, 1800

    You are there to witness the shocking events of this fateful day: the murder of the police chief Scarpia, the execution of the artist Cavaradossi, and the death of opera diva Floria Tosca!
    Your adventure begins in the afternoon at the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle where, enveloped in the sound of the pipe organ, you’ll celebrate the majestic Te Deum. In the evening, after the news of Napoleon’s victory has reached Rome, you’ll join Scarpia at the Farnese Palace where he diabolically manipulates Tosca and her lover. Then, a short walk under the stars transports you to the legendary Sant’Angelo Castle to behold Cavaradossi’s execution and Tosca’s dramatic leap from atop the Castle! Tosca seating is extremely limited. Reserve your tickets right away!

    Act 1: 2:00 – 2:45 pm OR 3:45 – 4:30 pm

    at Church Street United Methodist Church. Due to the church’s limited seating, patrons need to choose between the two performances of this act.

    Act 2: 7:30 – 8:20 pm

    Knoxville Convention Exhibition Center

    Act 3: 9:20 – 9:50 pm

    World’s Fair Park Amphitheater
    Note: Latecomers at all three venues may stand on the side, but cannot be seated.



    Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival International Street Fair

    Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Downtown Knoxville

    Knoxville Opera is supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission whose funds are mostly provided by the public’s purchase of specialty license plates. Make an investment in a better quality of life in the State of Tennessee by purchasing a specialty plate.

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    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 presenting productions made possible, in part, by generous funding from our patrons, 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 and the Cole Foundation.