Knoxville Opera is pleased to invite all students to attend the Final Dress Rehearsal of each opera production for free. These rehearsals are thrilling experiences of live, fully staged operas featuring fabulous solo artists, the Knoxville Opera Chorus, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, all under the direction of Maestro Brian Salesky. Guests are invited to sit anywhere in the open section of the theatre and may come and go during the rehearsal.
Riveting drama and passionate music will transport you to places you have never dreamed possible! Don’t speak foreign languages? Don’t worry! Regardless of the language in which we perform, all operas are presented with projected English translations/lyrics on a screen above the stage. Admittance is free for students. Non-Students pay $5 cash at the door and MUST be escorting a student for admittance. These are not public performances. College student IDs may be required.
In 16th century Verona, passionate, star-crossed lovers are doomed by their feuding families and conspiring circumstances. This unique presentation of the opera includes dramatic readings from Shakespeare’sRomeo and Juliet in English throughout the performance. Yulan Piao and Mackenzie Whitney star as the ill-fated paramours. Charles Gounod’s sensuous, thrilling opera is the perfect accompaniment to a romantic Valentine’s weekend!
Performed in French with projected English translations.
Maestro Salesky's Opera Preview starts 45 minutes prior to each performance. Students are invited to take photos with the cast on stage immediately following the performances!