Education/Outreach Programs for the 2014-2015 Season.

The above was featured on ABC’s Spirit of East Tennessee on March 7th, 2013

The above was featured on NBC’s broadcast on LiveAtFive@4

Click to view a sample of The Shakespeare Project!

In the last two seasons

  • Knoxville Opera broke new ground by serving our community with free in-school performances of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Gounod’s Romeo & Juliette and Rossini’s Cinderella enthusiastically applauded by over 28,000 students
  • 3,000 students attended our dress rehearsals at the Tennessee Theatre free of charge
  • Over 145,000 patrons of all ages enjoyed our robust Education/Outreach Program

This season please help

  • present a free-admission production of Bizet’s Carmen in 35 Knox County schools
  • support our $150,000 Education/Outreach Program enabling students and adults to enjoy:


  • August 28 @ 7:00         Opera Season Preview mini-concert at Blount County Library (free admission)
  • September 17 @ 6:00   The Magic of Opera mini-concert at Knoxville Cancer Support Community (free admission)
  • November 1                   Knoxville Opera Guild Opera Ball at Knoxville Museum of Art with entertainment by the costumed cast of H.M.S. Pinafore (call KO for ticket information after September 1)
  • November 20 @ 6:30    H.M.S. Pinafore Final Rehearsal at Tenn. Theatre (free admission to Pinafore ticket holders)(free admission to all students…accompanying adults pay $5 at the door)
  • January 4                     Carmen Preview dinner concert at Rarity Bay Country Club (call Rarity Bay for tickets)
  • January 5 – 16             Carmen (in English) in Knox County schools (free admission) (call KO for details)
  • January 10                   Carmen Preview dinner concert at Fox Den Country Club (call Fox Den for tickets)
  • January 12                   Carmen Preview dinner concert (at a Knoxville restaurant…call KO for tickets after Nov. 3)
  • January 24                   Knoxville Opera Goes to Church…A Celebration of Talent! (free admission) gospel/opera concert at Greater Warner Tabernacle Church, 3800 M.L. King Jr. Avenue
  • February 11 @ 6:30    Carmen Final Rehearsal at Tennessee Theatre (free admission to Carmen ticket holders)(free admission to all students…accompanying adults pay $5 at the door)
  • April 11                        Members’ Benefactors Reception with performances by the cast of Il Trovatore (invitations will be mailed to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Benefactors)
  • April 22 @ 6:30             Il Trovatore Final Rehearsal at Tenn. Theatre (free admission to Il Trovatore ticket holders) (free admission to all students…accompanying adults pay $5 at the door)
  • Apr. 25 @ 11-9             Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival International Street Fair (free admission)


Knoxville Opera is most grateful to the following sponsors of our Knox County Public Schools Education Programs:


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Education & Outreach Program

Enriching the lives of everyone in our East Tennessee Community!

BRING Knoxville Opera to your school or organization!

Opera 101

. . . is an entertaining education and outreach program for student and adult groups. Starting with popular selections in English from 20th Century Broadway musicals, the presentation weaves its way back through musical theater history to great opera and operetta classics. Each concludes with a lively question and answer session, giving participants an opportunity to interact with the performers. Repertoire can be “themed” at your request. These programs are performed by vocal artists from the distinguished Knoxville Opera Studio under the direction of Maestro Salesky.

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The Magic of Opera

. . . is a series of engaging multi-media seminars with Maestro Salesky. Student and adult groups can choose from a variety of themes (popular operas and singers, producing opera from A to Z, celebrating the best of opera, etc.) or create their own.
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Knoxville Opera’s 2010 production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

FREE Student Dress Rehearsals

WATCH the magic unfold!

. . . are you a student?  We invite any and all students to attend one of our designated Student Dress Rehearsals at the Tennessee Theatre for FREE.  These rehearsals are overwhelming experiences of live full-length and fully staged performances.  Riveting drama and passionate music will transport you to places you have never dreamed possible!  Don’t speak Italian or French?  Don’t worry!  While we perform many of our operas in foreign languages, we also project English translations of all the action above the stage, so you won’t miss a moment.  You don’t need to do anything but show up to the theater the evening of the scheduled rehearsal.  Teachers, students and their families are welcome to attend.  Bring your student I.D. and come watch the magic unfold!

2013-2014 Season Student Dress Rehearsal Schedule (Free for all students thanks to the generosity of Comcast; accompanying adults are $5 at the door).  Enter Tennessee Theatre through Gay Street entrance beginning at 5:30pm. Open seating, concession is closed for dress rehearsals

H.M.S. Pinafore– Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Carmen– Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
Il Trovatore– Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

LEARN more about this season’s operas!
The Tales of Hoffmann synopsis
The Elixir of Love synopsis
Norma synopsis


Rossini Festival International Street Fair

Voted the city’s “Best Festival

One of the Southeast’s most alluring cultural attractions, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival International Street Fair brings a taste of Europe to East Tennessee and celebrates the color, fun and excitement of opera and International culture.

The festival combines world class opera performances, art and craft exhibitions, wine tasting and a wide variety of other events with a vibrant International Street Fair.

Downtown Knoxville’s Gay Street is transformed from a busy thoroughfare to a colorful Italian festival with four stages featuring a range of entertainment options, an upscale Artisan’s Market, the smells and tastes of authentic Mediterranean foods and beverages and a special children’s area on Market Square with entertainment, fun and games.

This extraordinary event also presents a golden opportunity to attend one of our professional productions Knoxville Opera.

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