KNOXVILLE, TN. – In collaboration with Knox County Schools and out-of-county schools, Knoxville Opera performs Turandot, Puccini’s timeless tale of riddles and romance in 18 area schools January 12 – January 26.

The spectacular music and captivating story are presented in a free, 35-minute, abbreviated and costumed production as part of KO’s education and community outreach program. In-school performances are presented in English and are followed by a question-and-answer session where students are able to interact with performers.

“We’re thrilled to again provide students the opportunity to experience the magic of opera during their school day,” said Brian Salesky, Knoxville Opera Executive Director. “Our goal is to inspire and intrigue young people, enriching their lives through the culture of opera.  Turandot is a magnificent opera for area students to enjoy.”

Information about the 20 in-school performances for 7,500 students can be found online at  Puccini’s Turandot tells the tale of a coldhearted princess who has vowed to never marry. Any suitor who desires her hand can do so by answering three riddles, but the price of failure is death. When the exiled Prince Calàf sees the princess’s beauty he is immediately entranced, and undertakes the riddle challenge despite the protestations of his faithful servant girl. Will Calàf succeed where so many others have failed?

A Final Dress Rehearsal for the main stage production of Turandot at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium is free for students of all ages on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 pm.  Adults accompanying students pay $5 cash at the door and must accompany a student for admission. Performances for the main stage production are Friday, February 23 at 7:30 and Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, and will be performed in Italian with projected English translations.  Tickets start at $23 for adults and $15 for students, and are available online or by calling 865-524-0795.