About Knoxville Opera

Didn’t you know Knoxville had an opera company?

We’ve provided cultural enrichment to East Tennessee since 1978 and every year keeps getting better! This season we are bringing you Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Puccini’s Girls of the Golden West and Rossini’s Cinderella.

For an unforgettable experience, there’s nothing like opera. It’s the ultimate culmination of the best of all of the arts. Experience the drama and comedy of theatre, the beauty of visual art, the impressive sound of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the absolute magnificence of the human voice! Opera is for everyone – it reflects timeless and universal human conflicts, humor and passions. There’s just nothing like it!

Destroy Your Assumptions – Most people have preconceived notions about what an operatic experience entails. Does any of this sound familiar?

“Opera is only for rich people.”
– Tickets to Knoxville Opera performances start at just $13. Yes, premiere seats at the front of the house may cost you a week’s worth of groceries. But if you’re willing to sacrifice your fantastic view of the performers’ feet, cost-effective seats (especially for students) are available.

“Opera puts you to sleep.”
– Are you bored by murder, betrayal, lust, extravagance, the supernatural or madness? It’s really exciting and a matter of choosing the right operas that won’t have you nodding off and drooling all of those velvet seats. Besides, the Tennessee Theatre has a full bar!

“Opera is a dead art form, so why go?”
– The fastest-growing opera audience in the U.S. now is people in their 20s and 30s and today’s composers are experimenting with opera to find new ways of keeping the art form alive.

Mission Statement

KO’s The Barber of Seville

To provide the residents of East Tennessee with the high quality locally produced opera.

To contribute to the future of the operatic art form by educating the community about opera and its role in our culture and presenting new works when possible.

To expand audiences for opera in the region.

To encourage the development of operatic talent in this community, and foster its exposure to the greater opera audience.

Board of Directors

Dr. Michelle Brewer

Immediate Past-Chair
Daniel F. McGehee

Jerrold L. Becker, Esq.

KO Guild President
Karen Clark

Jenny Freeman

Treasurer/Finance Chair
Mark Brumbelow

Rossini Festival Committee Chair
Cindy Hatcher

Development Committee Chair
Maharaj (Raj) Sood

Marketing and Public Relations Committee Chair
Mike Cohen

Advocacy Committee Chair
Thomas Midyett

Directors Committee Chair
Jerrold L. Becker, Esq.

Education/Outreach Committee Chair
Jan E. Brown

Artistic Committee Chair
Andrew Wentzel

Peter Acly
Candy Arrington
Shirley Avery, MD
Stephen Backiel (Steve)
Jerrold L. Becker, Esq.
Eduardo Bertoli
Dr. Myrwood (Woody) C. Besozzi
Dr. Michelle Brewer
Jan E. Brown
Mark Brumbelow
Ariel Buehler
Allison Burchett
Kristi Burkhalter
Betsey Bush
Brooks Clark
Karen Clark
Mike Cohen
Laura Ellen Davis
Allison Easterday
Thomas F. Fine
Jenny Freeman
Dr. James E. Gorney
Henrietta Arnold Grant
Cindy Hatcher
Kim Henry
Anna Fox Hinds
Felicia Harris Hoehne
Chuck James
Nadim Jubran
Sheena McCall
Melissa McCoy
Daniel F. Mcgehee
Anne McKinney
Cheryl McMillan
Jeanie Melton
Walter Mencer, Jr.
Thomas Midyett
Michael Riley
Michael A. Rodgers
Judy Schiffer
Maharaj (Raj) Sood
L. Caesar Stair III
Patrick Swanson
John Trotter
Sandra Trout
Lori Tucker
R.J. Vogt
Andrew Wentzel
Tim Wheeler
Taylor Williams, Board General Counsel
Jackie Wilson
Anthony Wise
Taylor Wortham