Small Ensembles Effectively Fill Out Knoxville’s Classical-Music Calendar
Published 11/26/2013 at 3:15 p.m. 0 comments
It’s probably too early to call Knoxville’s chamber music scene an “explosion,” but that day may be fast approaching.
KSO Explores Mozart’s Lowbrow Humor in an Energetic Performance
Published 11/20/2013 at 9:57 a.m. 0 comments
As the story goes, the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was quite upset after viewing Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus in London, categorically refusing to accept director Peter Hall’s factual documentation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s off-color and often scatological sense ...
UT Opera Theatre Takes 'The Barber of Seville' Downtown
Published 11/13/2013 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
After the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre staged their last three productions in UT’s Carousel Theatre, one might have assumed that the performance intimacy, the conveniences of campus, and the substantially lower costs had made the choice a logical—perhaps even ...
Knoxville Opera Conquers the Theatrical Intricacies of 'The Tales of Hoffmann'
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
It had been 21 years, I was told, since Knoxville Opera last staged Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (“The Tales of Hoffmann”). Knoxville audiences were rewarded for their patience last weekend with a season-opening production that offered up the work’s intriguing ...
Knoxville Opera Updates Offenbach’s 'Tales of Hoffmann' to 1920s Berlin
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
Like many successful composers of operettas and light-hearted fare, the German-born Parisian Jacques Offenbach yearned for a different reputation—that of a serious composer.
Small Ensembles Find a Place in Knoxville’s Classical-Music Scene
Published 10/9/2013 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
When I surveyed the growth and health of the Knoxville classical music scene in Metro Pulse last fall, I focused, out of necessity, on the broad topic, which for most people means the historically popular, large-ensemble performances—orchestral music and opera. ...
Lucas Richman Begins His Next-to-Last Season at KSO With a Triumphant Opening Concert
Published 9/25/2013 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
With the official announcement last week that music director and conductor Lucas Richman would be leaving the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra after the 2014-15 season, one naturally had to reflect on what might be in store for the orchestra and audiences ...
Adventurous Choices: With a Sizable Grant from Aslan Foundation, KSO Steps up With a Diverse Schedule, Lower Ticket Prices
Published 9/11/2013 at 11:36 a.m. 2 comments
Tracking the health of American orchestras can be a painful task these days given the all-too-frequent news accounts of music organization bankruptcies, labor disputes, and various forms of financial distress.
UT Unveils New State-of-the-Art Music Center
Published 8/21/2013 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
Rising on the site of the school’s former building on Volunteer Boulevard, the new facility stands in stark contrast to the mundane architecture and cramped quarters of the old 1965 Music Building.
New Marble City Opera Seeks to Fill a Knoxville Niche
Published 5/29/2013 at 2:54 p.m. 0 comments
Marble City Opera is a partnership of two Knoxville singers: soprano and artistic director Kathryn Frady Marvel and baritone Kevin Richard Doherty, a University of Tennessee School of Music alumnus who will serve as general director. The pair is seeking ...
Knoxville Opera Delivers an Energetic, Sparkling 'Cinderella'
Published 5/1/2013 at 9:52 a.m. 0 comments
Simply stated, there are those operatic singers who consider themselves Rossini singers, and there are those who don’t. The diction and voice flexibility required for Gioachino Rossini’s characteristic style of rapid-fire runs of little notes is both an art and ...
Glass Slipper: A Q&A With the Stars of Knoxville Opera's 'Cinderella'
Published 4/24/2013 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
The work of the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini returns to the Knoxville Opera’s 2013 Rossini Festival with a production of Cinderella (La Cenerentola) featuring mezzo-soprano Leah Wool as Cinderella and tenor Michael Dailey as the Prince.
Knoxville Opera Revives Rossini’s 'Cinderella' for Rossini Festival
Published 4/24/2013 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
Audiences will find a few twists to the story they probably know very well.
UT’s 'Rape of Lucretia' Offers a Stylized Production of Britten’s Puzzling Chamber Opera
Published 4/10/2013 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
When the audience steps into the world of The Rape of Lucretia, the 1946 Benjamin Britten chamber opera that is being staged this weekend by the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, they may discover some puzzling contradictions that have baffled ...
KSO Takes an Adventurous Tour Through Spain
Published 3/27/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
While gray skies and winter’s final chill were stubbornly resisting the onset of spring last weekend, inside the Tennessee Theatre was a different story altogether.
- Nov 17th 2010 Bertha Walburn Clark