History

Founded: 1978 as Knoxville Civic Opera
Artistic Director: Edward Zambara (1978-1981)
Name Change: 1983 to Knoxville Opera Company
Now called: Knoxville Opera

General Director and Conductor

Robert Lyall: 1982-1999
Francis Graffeo: 2000-2005
Brian Salesky: 2005-present

Performance Venues

Tennessee Theatre: Capacity 1,600. www.tennesseetheatre.com
Civic Auditorium: Capacity 2,400. www.knoxvillecoloseum.com
Bijou Theatre: Capacity 750. www.knoxbijou.org

Season Repertoire

1978 – 1979 SEASON
LA TRAVIATA (OCT. 1978)
Costa, Ziegler, Stewart, Lorey; Starr, Lucas

1979 – 1980 SEASON
THE MERRY WIDOW (OCT. 1979)
Costa, Reardon, Harrington, Smith; Starr, Lucas
CARMEN (APR. 1980)
Elias, Myers, Norman, Schexnayder; Rosekrans, Helfgot

1980 – 1981 SEASON
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (OCT 1980)
Ziegler, Britton, Lorey, Beni; Woitach, Morelock

1981 – 1982 SEASON
MADAMA BUTTERFLY (APR. 1981)
Azuma, Shelly, Gibbs, Deaton; Lyall, Gutman

1982 – 1983 SEASON
LA BOHEME (OCT. 1982)
Myers, South, Gibbs, Burchinal; Lyall, Lucas
DIE FLEDERMAUS (APR. 1983)
Shearer, Belling, Sonnenberg, Parsons, Evitts; Lyall, Morelock

1983 – 1984 SEASON
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/I PAGLIACCI (OCT. 1983)
Berini, Rom, Dominguez, Burchinal; Lyall, Morelock
HANSEL AND GRETEL (DEC. 1983)
Greene, Farr, Searle, Teachey; Fowler, Farlow
TOSCA (APR. 1984)
Sundine, Di Giuseppe, Long, Smith; Lyall, Tavernia

1984 – 1985 SEASON
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (JUL. 1984)
McLeod, Albrecht, Barron; Lyall, Patton
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (OCT. 1984)
Peters, Greer, Dietsch, Rouleau; Lyall, Symcox
CENDRILLON (DEC. 1984)
Friede, Donahue, Olsen, Bassett; Lyall, McDonnough
IL TROVATORE (APR. 1985)
Negri, Davidson, Bonanome, Edwards; Lyall, Morelock

1985 – 1986 SEASON
FAUST (NOV. 1985)
Vanelli, Fowler, Cooper, Hines; Lyall, Strasfogel
SUSANNAH (APR. 1986)
Esham, Evans, Bernadini, Wells; Lyall, Floyd

1986 – 1987 SEASON
SOUTH PACIFIC (JUL. 1986)
McLeod, Penn, Miller, Martin; Lyall, Patton

RIGOLETTO (OCT. 1986)
Luna, Kesling, Raitzin, Burchinal, Reid; Lyall, Morelock
ROMEO ET JULIETTE (APR. 1987)
Friede, Thorburn, Fowler, Nimnicht, Rouleau; Lyall, Strasfogel

1987 – 1988 SEASON
THE MUSIC MAN (JUL.1987)
Paschal, Massey; Lyall, Muni
LA BOHEME (OCT. 1987)
Luna, Gutknecht, Hartfield, Brandstetter; Lyall, Bakman
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (APR. 1988)
Erickson, Shearer, Pedrotti, Opalach; Lyall, Morelock
I AM THE WAY (J. Hines)(JUN. 1988)
Allen, Williams, Harris, Harris, Lachonas, Marsh, Petersen, Hines; Lyall, daCambra

1988 – 1989 SEASON
OKLAHOMA (JUL. 1988)
Braden, Hall, Bitzas, Owen; Lyall, Eddleman
LA TRAVIATA (OCT. 1988)
Thorngren, Thomas, McNeil, Opthof, King; Lyall, Igesz
RACHEL (Coe) (APR. 1989-World Premiere)
Zambalis, Harris, Longacre, Stephens; Lyall, Morelock

1989 – 1990 SEASON
MY FAIR LADY (JUL. 1989)
Brennan, Foss, Perkins; Lyall, Julian
THE MAGIC FLUTE (OCT. 1989)
Zhu, Saffer, Locke, Davies; Lyall, Lesenger
PORGY & BESS CONCERT (JAN. 1990)
Hamm, Albert; Lyall
AIDA (APRIL 1990)
Copley, Munzer, Bonanome, Rucker, Reid; Lyall, Morelock

1990 – 1991 SEASON

THE KING AND I (JUL. 1990)
Marsh, Stapleton, Foss; Lyall, Julian
LUCIANO PAVAROTTI IN CONCERT (OCT. 1990)
MADAMA BUTTERFLY (NOV.1990)
Kim, Bruno, Ashbaker, Steele; Lyall, Lloyd
DON GIOVANNI (APR. 1991)
Davis, Harris, Thorburn, Wilborn, Gratton, Cokorinos; Lyall, Lesenger

1991 – 1992 SEASON
WEST SIDE STORY (JUL.1991)
Brady, Anz, Scherer, De La Nuez, Titone; Lyall, Azenberg
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (OCT. 1991)
Berry, Davis, Parce, Havranek, Mentzel; Lyall, Lesenger
OPERA BELISSIMO (Concert)(JAN. 1992)
Friede, Angell, Hartfield, Rucker; Lyall
CARMEN (APR. 1992)
Lerner, Adkins, Baker, Shaw; Lyall, Brovsky

1992 – 1993 SEASON
MAN OF LA MANCHA (JULY 1992)
Sarkesian, Scheppelman, Stapp; Trevor, Julian
LES CONTES D’HOFMANN (NOVEMBER 1992)
Zambalis, Senter, Wolverton, Clark, Ulloa; Lyall, Lesenger
GLORIOUS SOUND OF WAGNER (Concert) (JAN. 1993)
Copley, Hilt, Eckhoff; Lyall
OTELLO (APR. 1993)
Luna, Booth, Bernardini, Cowan; Lyall, Morelock

1993 – 1994 SEASON
MUSIC OF THE NIGHT (Concert)(JUL. 1993)
Hinchman, Brennan, Maguire, Raines; Lyall
DIE FLEDERMAUS (NOV. 1993)
South, Paul, Stephenson, Hartfield, Garrison, Orth; Lyall, Lesenger
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/I PAGLIACCI (JAN.1994)
Angell, Riel, Mussard, Sciuderi, Hartman; Lyall, Morelock
TOSCA (MAR.1994)
Luna, Locke, Lightfoot, Ferrier; Lyall, Pfeiffer

1994 – 1995 SEASON
MORE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT (JUL.1994)
Brennan, Beechman, Maguire, Nease; Lyall
RIGOLETTO (NOV. 1994)
Guyer, Senter, Hartfield, Rucker, Bell; Lyall, Helfgot
COSI FAN TUTTE (JAN. 1995)
Akre, Paul, Sparrow, Chester, Huddleston, Stephens; Lyall, Ehrman
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (MAR. 1995)
Dunleavy, Wolfe, Wolverton, LeBron, Langan; Lyall, Takazauckas

1995 – 1996 SEASON
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (OCT. 1995)
Page, Pratnicki, Wolverton, Karel; Lyall, Gately
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (JAN.1996)
Dunleavy, Nikkel, Fallon, Mattsey, Barrett, Roy; Lyall, Freeman
FAUST (MAR. 1996)
Thomas, Meyer, Dupont, Wilson, Mobbs, Peytchinov; Lyall, Morelock

1996 – 1997 SEASON
SHOWBOAT/PORGY & BESS CONCERT (JUL. 1996)
Martin, Hairston, Craig; Lyall
LA BOHEME (OCT. 1996)
Guyer, Rogers, Hartfield, Mobbs, Irmiter, Short; Lyall, Kara
IL TROVATORE (JAN. 1997)
Luna, Pratnicki, Buhl, Hartman, Harvey; Lyall, Micheli
DIE ZAUBERFLOTE (APR 1997)
Thorngren, Ernest, Lord, Mattsey, Bell; Tiboris, Freeman

1997 – 1998 SEASON
MADAMA BUTTERFLY (NOV.1997)
Delligatti, Manhart, Tanner, Huls Harvey; Lyall, Nikolaides
LA TRAVIATA (JAN. ‘98)
Schroeder, Bernardini, Steele; Lyall, Bamberger
CARMEN (APR. ‘98)
Livengood, Pulley, Zhang, Garvin, Harvey; Lyall, Freeman
GALA CONCERT (JUL. ‘98)
Zambalis, Rogers, Elias, Nagore, Rucker, Stephens; Lyall

1998 – 1999 SEASON
SALOME (OCT. 1998)
Bryant, Shade, Winter, Meier, Brainerd; Lyall, Gately
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (FEB.1999)
Melcher, Eberhardt, Kelly, Swanson, Neal, Whitfield; Dubberly, Freeman
AIDA (APR. 1999)
Johnson, Dever, Giuliacci, McFarland, Stephens; Lyall, Morelock
DON GIOVANNI (JUL. 1999)
Zambalis, Carter, Wolf, Wilson, Wentzel, Stephens, Eckhoff; Salesky, Major

1999 – 2000 SEASON
GALA CONCERT WITH MARILYN HORNE (SEP. 1999)
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (OCT. 1999)
Lattimore, Troxell, Ray, Ward, Prescott; Graffeo, Freeman
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER (JAN. 2000)
Smith, Nickell, Hayes, Brainerd, Eckhoff; Minde, Holliday
TOSCA (APR. 2000)
Byers, Wolverton, McFarland, Stith; Coppola, Bamberger

2000 – 2001 SEASON
RIGOLETTO (SEPT. 2000)
Johnson, Daniels, Scibelli, Ellis, Maynor; Graffeo, Gentilesca
ROBERTA PETERS IN RECITAL (OCT. 2000)
L’ELISIR D’AMORE (FEB. 2001)
Hinchman, Green, Brown, Strummer; Graffeo, Freeman
HMS PINAFORE (APR.2001)
Rogers, Luke, Anderson, MacNaughton, Davies, Krause; Graffeo, Bamberger

2001 – 2002 SEASON
GIANNI SCHICCHI AND PAGLIACCI (OCT. 2001)
Davis, Fray, Morris, Gustafson, Walters; Graffeo, Bruce
ROMEO ET JULIETTE (FEB. 2002)
Kolganova, Heller, Baylon, Berry, Hawks; Graffeo, Robison
LA CENERENTOLA (APR. 2002)
Palmour, Downen, Condy,. MacNaughton, Wentzel; Graffeo, Scarola
SUOR ANGELICA AND SIGNOR BRUSCHINO (APR. 2002)
Diltz, Rector, Smithey, Tremper, Walters, Guinn, McConico; Graffeo/Richter, Freeman

2002 – 2003 SEASON (25th Anniversary Season)
BEL CANTO TO BROADWAY (AUG.2002)
Rogers, Wells; Graffeo
THE MERRY WIDOW (NOV. 2002)
Palmour, Tremper, Mungo, Schmidt; Graffeo, Stephens
LA BOHÈME (FEB. 2003)
Major, Wilborn, Youngblood, Cofield, Faria, Guinn; Graffeo, Freeman
L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI (APR. 2003)
DuPlantis, Smithey, Nicolosi, Adams, Nelman, Jesse; Graffeo, Terrell
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (APR. 2003)
Diltz/Douglass, Farrar/Burton, Sumners/Sparkes, Guinn/Baker, Smithey; Graffeo, Freeman

2003 – 2004 SEASON
BEL CANTO TO BROADWAY (SEPT. 2003)
Studer, Michalis; Graffeo
TURANDOT (OCT. 2003)
Zhang, Clayton, Hayes, Eckhoff, Walters, Skoog, Freeman; Graffeo, Luchsinger
DIE FLEDERMAUS (FEB, 2004)
Shirvis, Simons, Nickell, Anthony, Sims, Deaton, Ward; Graffeo, Marvel
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (APR. 2004)
Mongiardo, Nassief, Nicolosi, Kleyla, Lindskoog; Graffeo, McConnell
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (APR. 2004)
Marlowe/Farrar, Stroupe/Kelly, Herrin/Lombardozzi, Baker/Marlowe, Irvin/Neace, McCracken; Graffeo/Fellenbaum, Freeman

2004 – 2005 SEASON

BEL CANTO TO BROADWAY (SEPT. 2004)
Ziegler, Mabbs, Graffeo
THE MAGIC FLUTE (OCT. 2004)
Cofield, Carter, Van Hoven, Fandrei, Faria; Graffeo, Freeman, Jolley
THE MIKADO (FEB. 2005)
Bégué, Stains, Freeman, Hart, Deaton; Graffeo, Robison, Sams
THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT (APR. 2005)
Redding, Stephens, Downen, Burdette, Bussell; Graffeo, Davies
LA CAMBIALE DI MATRIMONIO AND ROMAN FEVER (APR. 2005)
Fowler/Marlowe, Herrin/Lloyd, Irvin, Marlowe, Clegg/Neace, Sasser/Westerman; Selia/Stroupe, D’Agostino/Kennedy, Andrews/Presley, Andrade de la Torre/Phillips; Fellenbaum, Freeman

2005 – 2006 SEASON
CATHERINE MALFITANO: FROM THE MET TO THE COPA (OCT. 2005)
Malfitano, Salesky
LITTLE WOMEN (NOV. 2005)
Marshall/D’Agostino, Wiseman/Nelson, Grest/McCaffrey, Fowler/Phillips, Tankersly/Kennedy, Limper, Lloyd, Herold, Poholek, Webb; Fellenbaum, Freeman, Cothran
MADAMA BUTTERFLY (FEB. 2006)
Esham, Pineda, Wiseman, Vanya, Gaertner, Lloyd; Salesky, Freeman, Rusnak
THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (APR. 2006)
Wiseman, D’Agostino, Marshall, Lloyd, Webb; Fellenbaum, Freeman

2006 – 2007 SEASON
MOZART OPERA GALA (OCT. 2006)
De Oliveira, Rogers, Dials, Nickell, Wiseman, Wilson, Freeman, Gaertner, Wentzel, Rodescu, Webb; Salesky
COSÌ FAN TUTTE (NOV. 2006)
Wiseman, Marshall, Greer, Webb, Marlowe; Fellenbaum, Freeman
LA BOHÈME (FEB. 2007)
De Oliveira, Wiseman, Vania, Gardner, Marlowe, Wentzel, Webb, Berry; Salesky, Freeman
CARMEN (MAY 2007)
Nickell, De Oliveira, Nelson, Limper, Rivero, Lloyd, Gaertner, Berry, Marlowe, Herold; Salesky, Orrios

2007 – 2008 SEASON
OKTOBERFEST (OCT. 2007)
Greer, Pupu’a, Freeman; Salesky
THREE TENOR HALL OF FAME GALA (NOV. 2007)
Lozano, Rivero, Studebaker, Wentzel; Salesky
OAK RIDGE COMMUNITY CONCERT (NOV. 2007)
Dials, Lozano; Salesky
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (FEB. 2008)
Scott, Tedeschi, Dietsch, Wentzel, Webb; Salesky, Freeman
TOSCA (APR. 2008)
Harris, Studebaker, Sumegi, Wanko, Berry; Salesky, Bamberger

2008 – 2009 SEASON
OKTOBERFEST (OCT. 2008)
Moore, Cates, Pupu’a, House, Subia, Arnold, Stephens; Salesky, Freeman
HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR (NOV. 2008)
Rogers, Di Simone, Anderson, Sumegi: Salesky
RIGOLETTO (FEB. 2009)
Trevegne, Dirlikov, Vania, Martinez, Ames; Salesky, Freeman
PAGLIACCI (APR. 2009)
El-Khoury, Hayes, Bearden, Fernandez; Salesky, Garner

2009 – 2010 SEASON
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOES TO CHURCH (OCT. 2009)
Ballew, Brown, Barner, Rodgers; Salesky
OAK RIDGE COMMUNITY CONCERT (JAN. 2010)
Barner, Moore, Stock, Gilmore, Freeman, Serr, Stevens, Lickiss, Rosevear; Salesky
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (FEB. 2010)
Gilmore, Vania, Martinez, Wentzel; Salesky, Freeman
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (MAR. 2010)
Moore, Schreiner, Keith, Freeman, Rodescu, Stevens, Stock; Salesky, Freeman
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (APR. 2010)
Redding, Pfund, Garland, Irvin, Burdette; Salesky, Marvel

2010 – 2011 SEASON
MADAME BUTTERFLY (OCT. 1 & 3, 2010)
Park, Shigematsu, Burcham, Womack, Joiner, Stock, Pope, Doherty, Natale; Salesky, Freeman
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOES TO CHURCH…A CELEBRATION OF TALENT! (OCT. 24, 2010)
Jack, Rodgers, Williams, Brown, Stock, Ballew; Salesky
OAK RIDGE COMMUNITY CONCERT (JAN. 23, 2011)
Wilson, Rodgers, Eschbach, Lickiss, Stock, Doherty; Salesky
MANON (FEB. 11 & 13, 2011)
Trevigne, Wilson, Wentzel, Beyer, Guinn, House, Natale, Eschbach, Rosette; Salesky, Stickann
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOSPEL CHOIR AT PELLISSIPPI STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (FEB. 27, ’11)
Rodgers; Melton
I PURITANI (APR. 8 & 10, 2011)
Gilmore, Manucharyan, Martinez, Mobbs, DiSimone; Salesky, Marvel

2011 – 2012 SEASON
LA TRAVIATA (OCT. 28 & 30, 2011)
El-Khoury, Borichevsky, Womack, Thompson, Prewitt, Tittle, Van Druff, Doherty, Pope; Salesky, Stickann
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOES TO CHURCH…A CELEBRATION OF TALENT! (OCT. 9, 2011)
Walker, Ballew, Thompson, Andrews, Smith, Van Druff, Borichevsky, Jack, El-Khoury; Salesky
OAK RIDGE COMMUNITY CONCERT (JAN. 23, 2012)
Lopez-Hernandez, Fitch, Bumpas, Turner; Salesky
ROMEO & JULIETTE (FEB. 10 & 12, 2012)
Bumpas, Doherty, Fitch, Lopez-Hernandez, Pope, Richardson, Roberts, Sipes, Stewart, Stock, Turner, Van Druff, Wentzel; Salesky, Evans
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOSPEL CHOIR AT PELLISSIPPI STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (FEB. 26, 2012)
Johnson, Rodgers, Gable, Jack, Harshaw, Hamilton, Smallwood, Williams, Coleman, Wrushen, Gamble; Melton
OTELLO (APR. 27 & 29, 2012)
Austin, Dimopoulou, Bearden, Stenson Roberts, Thompson, House, Stock, Miller; Salesky, Holliday

2012 – 2013 SEASON
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOES TO CHURCH…A CELEBRATION OF TALENT! (SEP. 30, 2012)
Richardson, Clark, Harshaw, Wagoner, Lima, Thompson, Jack, Wilson; Salesky, Turner
DIE FLEDERMAUS (OCT. 26 & 28, 2012)
Anderson, Cucinotta, Lima, Anderson, Joyce, Scofield, Anderson, Duquella, Marvel, Crider, Ferguson; Salesky, Deedrick
OAK RIDGE COMMUNITY CONCERT (JAN. 13, 2012)
Brimer, Van Druff, Prewitt, Stock; Salesky
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (FEB. 8 & 10, 2013)
Scott, Tedeschi, Bearden, Stock, Skinner, Doherty, House, Joyce, Smithey, Johnson, Scofield, Richardson, Van Druff, Rivera, Dunn, Fitch; Salesky, Laciura
CINDERELLA (APR. 26 & 28, 2013)
Cucinotta, Roberts, Wool, Anchel, Glavin, Dailey, Garland; Salesky, Marvel

2013 – 2014 SEASON
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOES TO CHURCH…A CELEBRATION OF TALENT! (OCT. 6, 2013)
Becker, Jack, Bowers, Beam, Rodgers, Barnett, Prewitt, Daniels, Serr, Trevigne, Wrushen, Thompson; Salesky, Turner
THE TALES OF HOFFMANN (OCT. 25 & 27, 2013)
Bowers, Trevigne, Beam, Van Druff, Serr, Thompson, Ferguson, Lyles, Johnson, House; Salesky, Stickann
THE ELIXIR OF LOVE (FEB. 14 & 16, 2014)
Nelman, Dovhan, Kohl, Anderson, Hagens; Salesky, Deedrick
NORMA (APR. 11 & 13, 2014)
Bard, Bridges, Pupu’a, Thompson, Barnett, Cepeda; Salesky, Bachman

2014 – 2015 SEASON
H.M.S. PINAFORE (NOV. 21 & 23, 2014)
DiSimone, Johnson, Wentzel, Kohl, Anderson, Cucinotta, Condy, Fitch, Eder; Salesky, Deedrick
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOES TO CHURCH…A CELEBRATION OF TALENT! (JAN. 24, 2015)
Nickell, Roberts, Cheney, Hunter, Kuster, Jack, Babcock, Rodgers; Salesky, Turner
CARMEN (FEB. 13 & 15, 2015)
Winkler, Lopez-Hernandez, Johnson, Cheney, Babcock, Hagens, Hunter, Kuster, D’Affuso, Ennen, Duquella; Salesky, Hudson
IL TROVATORE (APR. 24 & 26, 2015)
Blackwell, Fitch, Bard, Martinez, Burton, Miller, Doherty; Salesky, Stickann

2015 – 2016 SEASON
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOES TO CHURCH…A CELEBRATION OF TALENT! (SEP. 26, 2015)
Bearden, Jack, Rodgers, Singletary, Lima, Austin, Woods; Salesky, Turner
MEFISTOFELE (OCT. 9 & 11, 2015)
Singletary, Austin, Ford, Lima, Deady; Salesky, Deedrick
HANSEL AND GRETEL (FEB. 26 & 28, 2016)
Russell, Williams, Peterson, Bearden, Ramsey, Pafumi, Lerner; Salesky, Evans
TOSCA (APR. 30, 2016)
Johnson, Hoos, Burton, Marcinko, Bearden, McEuen, Kenton, Rosevear; Salesky, Stickann

2016 – 2017 SEASON
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOES TO CHURCH…A CELEBRATION OF TALENT! (OCT. 1, 2016)

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (OCT. 21 & 23, 2016)
Orth, Anderson, Coolen, Kohl, Bank, Wentzel; Salesky, Deedrick
LA BOHÈME (FEB. 10 & 12, 2017)
Cambio, Troxell, Lima, Verm, Cioffari; Salesky, Deedrick
MARIA STUARDA (APR. 28 & 30, 2017)
Bard, Daniel, Guzman, Bearden, Stokes, Barnett; Salesky, Deedrick

2017 – 2018 SEASON (40th Season)
KNOXVILLE OPERA GOES TO CHURCH…A CELEBRATION OF TALENT! (OCT. 22, 2017)

40th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (OCT. 27, 2017)
Bard, Daniel, Short, Bearden; Salesky
TURANDOT (FEB. 23 & 25, 2018)
Graham, Park, Burton, Aceto, Skoog, Thomas, Hendrickson, House, Rogers; Salesky, Hoomes
AIDA(MAY 4 & 6, 2018)
Johnson, Kim, Shin, Bearden, Thompson, Dominick; Salesky, Anthony

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