Coming: Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival and “Heavenly Opera”

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s festival season in downtown Knoxville. Next weekend, specifically Saturday the 23rd, finds Knoxville’s most popular street fair, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, bringing diverse music, food, and drink, to Gay Street and Market Square.


Different this year is that the Rossini Festival street fair and Knoxville Opera’s April production are not on the same weekend, but on consecutive weekends due to the unique multi-venue nature of this season’s production of Puccini’s Tosca.

Bottom line:
Rossini Festival Street Fair: Saturday, April 23
Knoxville Opera’s production of Tosca: Saturday, April 30

Full details on the Tosca production can be found in next week’s issue of the Knoxville Mercury, which will also include the festival insert with all the details on the street fair music and vendors.  However, if you want tickets to Tosca, I suggest visiting Knoxville Opera ASAP at or telephoning their box office at 865-524-0795.


This Sunday, April 17, the cast of Tosca will perform a concert of scenes and arias that have a religious context in their respective operas. Titled “Heavenly Operas,” the program will include works by Mascagni (“Ave Maria” from Cavalleria Rusticana), Puccini (“Recondita armonia” and “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca), Verdi (“Ave Maria” from Otello), Rossini, Ponchielli, Massenet, and Gounod.

Performers include soprano Kerri Marcinko, mezzo-soprano Sarah Fitch, tenor Jonathan Burton, and bass Scott Bearden.

“Heavenly Opera”–Opera prayers and scenes at Religious Venues
First Baptist Church of Knoxville, Main Street, Downtown Knoxville
Sunday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m.