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Volume 25, Number 2 — February 2018

Arts Calendar

Knoxville Opera presents Puccini's "Turandot"

Date(s):  February 23 - 25, 2018
Location:  Knoxville,

KNOXVILLE, TN — In celebration of its 40th anniversary season, Knoxville Opera presents Puccini's "Turandot" at Knoxville Civic Auditorium Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Forty-five minutes prior to each performance, Maestro Brian Salesky hosts an opera preview for an in-depth look at the history, story and music. The opera is performed in Italian with projected English supertitle translations.

Pre-opera dining hosted by Knoxville Opera Guild is available for each performance. Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, a three-course dinner at Ruth's Chris is available for $75 per person (cash bar), and beginning at 12 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, a brunch at Crowne Plaza is available for $25 per person (cash bar). Reservations are available at, and proceeds benefit the Knoxville Opera Guild.

"Turandot" was bereft of its final scene due to Puccini's untimely death, yet it remains among the top of the operatic pantheon to this day. Its score bursts with choruses and difficult arias, including "Nessun dorma."

It's been 15 years since Knoxville last saw the likes of Puccini's tale of ancient China, a frigidly beautiful princess and the foreign prince who would woo her. But as Knoxville Opera Executive Director and Conductor Brian Salesky put it, "A significant anniversary deserves a significant celebration." Puccini's "Turandot" is the first of two large-scale opera productions in the company's 40th Anniversary season.

Tickets for both performances are available from $23, and a discount for students of all ages is available. Tickets may be purchased through or by calling (865) 524-0795, ext. 1.

Topics: Music

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