Knoxville Opera to Conclude 40th Anniversary Season with Verdi’s “Aida”

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Knoxville Opera will conclude its 40th anniversary season with Verdi’s “Aida,” often cited as the grandest of all operas, 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 2:30 p.m. May 6 at Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

Forty-five minutes prior to each performance, Maestro Brian Salesky will host an opera preview for an in-depth look at the history, story and music. The opera will be 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. May 4, a three-course dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is available for $75 per person (cash bar), and beginning noon on Sunday, May 6, a brunch at Crowne Plaza is available for $25 per person (cash bar). Reservations are available at www.knoxvilleopera.com, and proceeds benefit the Knoxville Opera Guild.

“Aida,” the grandest of all operas, was commissioned to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal and has been thrilling audiences since its 1871 Cairo premiere. In the shadow of the Pharaohs’ pyramids, a bitter war dooms a star-crossed romance between the Ethiopian princess Aida and a powerful Egyptian warrior. Verdi’s epic returns with its Triumphal Scene as a showcase for a stunning international cast.

The opera’s music will star Michelle Johnson as Aida, Dongwin Shin as Radames, Sabina Kim as Amneris, and Scott Bearden as Amonasro. The production is the largest opera performed in Knoxville in more than a decade and in total will have almost 200 performers.

“Aida” will conclude Knoxville Opera’s 40th anniversary season as the second of two large-scale opera productions, following the presentation of “Turandot” earlier this year.

Tickets for both performances are available from $23, and a discount for students of all ages is available. Tickets may be purchased through www.knoxvilleopera.com or by calling 865-524-0795, ext. 1. For more information, visit www.knoxvilleopera.com/aida.

The production is made possible in large part by the Sood Family, which is the presenting sponsor.

Photo credit: Rod Millington

About Knoxville Opera

Knoxville Opera’s mission is to provide the residents of East Tennessee with high quality, locally produced opera and related educational and community programs.  The company, founded in 1978, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose activities are made possible, in part, by generous major funding from The Aslan Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Knoxville Opera Guild, The Fifth Commandment Fund, Pilot Flying J, Regal Cinemas, Knox County, Dr. Sharon Lord, The Sood Family, City of Knoxville, Robert H. & Monica M. Cole Foundation, Home Federal Bank, and The Gannett Foundation.

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Media Contact:

Michael Torano

361-438-3550 or

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