Come take an imaginary Easter Sunday trip to Sicily for a concert of sacred music gems and a gut-wrenching drama. First, inside the magnificent cathedral, enjoy treasures by Verdi, Rossini, Franck, and Mascagni. Then, become part of the thrilling Cavalleria Rusticana as a Sicilian villager seated outside the majestic church. You’ll be in the middle of the action and witness how passionate “rustic chivalry” exacts revenge on those who betray others. The opera that lit up the Godfather III finale will unfold before your eyes!

Knoxville Opera
Box Office
612 East Depot Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-524-0795 ext. 1
Box Office is open Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 5:30.
Single tickets for this performance may only be purchased in person or by phone.
Subscriptions may be purchased August 1, 2018 – February 15, 2019 either at the Box Office or by phone.
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Meet the Director

Dean Anthony
Stage Director

After enjoying a 25-plus year international career in over 100 tenor roles, DEAN ANTHONY has traveled the country as a dynamic stage director.  Mr. Anthony has brought his energetic, gritty, and physical style of directing to productions of Aida, Albert Herring, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Bohème, Carmen, Dead Man Walking, L’Elisir d’amore, Falling Angel, Falstaff, The Fantastiks, Glory Denied, Hansel and Gretel, H.M.S. Pinafore, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Man of La Mancha, The Merry Widow, A Misdummer Nights Dream, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, The Pirates of Penzance, The Rakes Progress, Rigoletto, Sacco and Vanzetti, Semiramide, Speed Dating Tonight, Street Scene, Suor Angelica, Sweeney Todd, The Threepenny Opera, Tosca, La Tragédie de Carmen, La Traviata, and Trouble in Tahiti.  These productions have been enjoyed by audiences at Amarillo Opera, Augusta Opera, Florentine Opera, Ft. Worth Opera Festival, Janiec Opera Company, Nashville Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Naples, Opera on the James, Opera Tampa, Pacific Symphony, Pensacola Opera, Shreveport Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Syracuse Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Winter Opera of St. Louis.

After serving as Resident Stage Director and Director of Production at Shreveport Opera from 2009 to 2012, for the past five summers the Omaha native has served as Director of Opera for the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center.

Mr. Anthony has presented his well-known Movement and Acting for Singers master classes at Astonia Music Festival, Boston Conservatory of Music, Central Methodist University, Festival Lyrique de Belle Ile en Mer, Florentine Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Nashville Opera, Shreveport Opera, SIU Edwardsville, St. Petersburg Opera, Texas State University, Tulsa Opera, University of Delaware, University of Kansas, University of Memphis, University of Miami, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of West Florida, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Virginia Opera, Washington University, and Winter Opera of St. Louis.




Meet the Cast

Catherine Daniel

Birthplace:  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Foreign Opera:  Opéra de Montréal, Edmonton Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Studio Nederland, Porgy and Bess tour (Europe)

Foreign Orchestras: Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal), Magogo Kamerorkest (Netherlands), Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke (Québec)
U.S. Opera: Knoxville Opera (Maria Stuarda, Gala Concert)

Jonathan Burton

Birthplace:  Portsmouth, Ohio
Foreign Opera:  Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera Muscat (Oman), Dubai Opera
Foreign Orchestras:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro la Fenice (Venice), Sinfonica de Galicia (Spain), Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra
U.S. Opera: Knoxville Opera (Il Trovatore, Tosca, Turandot), Nashville Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Colorado, Boston Lyric Opera, Austin Opera, Tulsa Opera, Utah Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Shreveport Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Phoenix Metro Opera, Opera New Jersey, Dayton Opera, Opera Omaha, Des Moines Metro Opera, Annapolis Opera, Central City Opera, Lyric Opera Virginia, Opera Naples, Opera on the James, Opera Steamboat
U.S. Orchestras and Festival: Kentucky Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Lexington Symphony, Southern Ohio Symphony, Castleton Festival

Scott Bearden 

Birthplace:  Flint, Michigan
Foreign Opera:  International Vocal Arts Institute (Tel Aviv)
U.S. Opera:  Knoxville Opera (Pagliacci, Otello, La Fanciulla del West, Hansel and Gretel, Tosca, Gala Concert, Maria Stuarda, Gianni Schicchi), San Francisco Opera, Opera Boston, Opera New Jersey, Opera Memphis, Toledo Opera, Mississippi Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Opera San Jose, Opera Grand Rapids, Eugene Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, West Bay Opera, Mercury Opera, Rockland Opera (NY), California Festival Opera
U.S. Orchestras and Festivals:  Knoxville Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Midland Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Tanglewood Music Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Sanibel Music Festival, Mendocino Music Festival

Elizabeth Peterson 
Mamma Lucia

Birthplace:  St. Petersburg, Florida
Foreign Festival:  Edinburgh Arts Festival
U.S. Opera: Knoxville Opera (Hansel and Gretel, Gala Concert, Gianni Schicchi), Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Toledo Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Whitewater/Sorg Opera, Ohio Light Opera
U.S. Orchestras:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Tampa Bay Master Chorale and Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Middletown Symphony Orchestra
U.S. Festivals:  Spoleto Festival, Lake Eden Arts Festival


19th century…Easter morning in a Sicilian village…the piazza in front of the church…nearby, Lucia’s wine shop.

In the distance, Turiddu is heard singing a song to Lola with whom he is engaged in an adulterous affair. The villagers sing about the beautiful day with the smell of orange blossoms in the air.  Then, they sing a hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Santuzza, Turiddu’s former lover, suspects he has betrayed her for Lola. She asks Lucia about her son Turiddu, and Lucia replies that he has gone to another town to fetch wine. Santuzza tells her that he was seen during the night in the village. Lola’s husband Alfio arrives. He praises the joys of a teamster’s life and the beauty of his wife Lola. Alfio asks Lucia for some wine but is told that Turiddu has gone away to replenish her stock. Alfio replies that he had seen Turiddu early that morning near his house. Lucia starts to express surprise, but Santuzza stops her. Alfio leaves.

The choir inside the church is heard singing the Regina Coeli. Outside, the villagers intone an Easter Hymn and enter the church. Lucia asks Santuzza why she previously signaled her to remain silent. Santuzza tells her the story of her seduction by Turiddu and his affair with Lola. Lucia pities Santuzza, who feels dishonored, having been seduced by Turiddu only to be abandoned by him for his old flame, Lola. Santuzza feels she cannot enter the church, but begs Lucia to go inside herself and pray for Santuzza who stays behind to wait for Turiddu.

Upon Turiddu’s arrival Santuzza chastises him for pretending to have gone away, when he was actually seeing Lola. Lola enters the square and mocks Santuzza as she goes inside the church. Santuzza begs Turiddu to return to her but he rebuffs her pleas and enters the church. Alfio arrives looking for Lola. Santuzza tells him that his wife has betrayed him with Turiddu. Alfio swears to take revenge and Santuzza begs him to spare Turiddu.

Following an orchestral intermezzo, the villagers come out of the church. Turiddu is in high spirits because he is with Lola and Santuzza appears to have gone. He invites his friends to his mother’s wine shop where he sings a drinking song. Turiddu offers Alfio some wine, but he refuses it and challenges Turiddu to a duel. Following Sicilian custom, the two men embrace, and Turiddu, in a token of acceptance, bites Alfio’s ear, drawing blood which signifies a fight to the death. Alfio leaves and Turiddu calls out to his mother. He begs her to be a kind mother to Santuzza if he should not return. Turiddu rushes off, Santuzza returns, and villagers start to crowd around. A woman cries out in the distance, “They have murdered our neighbor Turiddu!”  Cavalleria rusticana – rustic chivalry indeed!