Opera Company opens season with ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

The Knoxville Opera Company opens its season Friday night with “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Tennessee Theater in downtown Knoxville. Before this weekend, however, the opera company made a stop in Maryville for a gala meal and concert to promote the area’s regional opera company.

Frankie Hulett and the members of the Knoxville Opera Guild had a festive and elegant dinner on Dec. 7 in Maryville at RT Lodge. A three-course meal was preceded by a holiday inspired concert arranged by Maestro Brian Salesky. The crowd featured many Blount County opera lovers, who were eagerly introducing many newcomers to the beauty and fine dining of RT Lodge. All were impressed with the elegant and delicious meal and the beautiful setting of RT Lodge. The Monday Night Opera special events also included dinner at the Flatwater Grill in Oak Ridge in August and dinner at the S&W Grand in January. On the guild schedule to come are the Annual Martini Party at the home of Maureen and Don Bosch on March 23; the Rossini Festival Italian Street Fair along Gay Street in Knoxville on April 24; and the Opera Guild Croquet Tournament at the University of Tennessee Visitors Center on May 16.

For information about the Opera Guild, contact Frankie Hulett at 865-483-4487.

“Lucia di Lammermoor,” by Gaetano Donizetti, is a Scottish tale of star-crossed lovers. Lucia, who will be played by the Metropolitan Opera’s new star Rachele Gilmore, is forced into an arranged marriage by her brother, so she murders her husband on their wedding night. The cast features Knoxville favorites tenor Dinyar Vania, baritone Nelson Martinez and veteran Metropolitan Opera bass Andrew Wentzel.

Famous musical highlights include the glorious Sextet and opera’s greatest Mad Scene. The opera will be sung in Italian with English translations.

Tickets are still available for the Friday night and Sunday afternoon performances. For information and tickets, call 865-524-0795 or visit www.knoxvilleopera.com.

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