Mefistofele will be one of our most powerful performances yet with 200 cast members including a 50-member onstage orchestra.
Knoxville, Tennessee (PRWEB) September 21, 2015
Knoxville Opera is excited for the curtains to rise on its spectacular production of Boito’s Mefistofele. Mefistofele tells the tale of Goethe’s Faust. With two exclusive performances on Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m., Knoxville Opera’s talented cast will bring the story of Mefistofele to life at the magnificent Tennessee Theatre.
“Mefistofele will be one of our most powerful performances yet with 200 cast members including a 50-member onstage orchestra,” said Brian Salesky, Knoxville Opera Executive Director. “Each of the sensational scenes is sure to captivate everyone as they witness the thrilling story twist and turn.”
Faust, an old scholar longing for passion and excitement, sells his soul to Mefistofele, the sinister devil, in exchange for a life of love and youth. During his journey, he has unforgettable encounters including a Witches’ Sabbath orgy. In the end, he is faced with a difficult decision that can haunt him for the rest of his eternal life.
Performed for the first time ever in the state of Tennessee, Knoxville Opera’s Mefistofele will feature special effects that opera lovers and novices will not want to miss including the orchestra pit rising and lowering during scenes, a smoke-filled stage, and brass choirs playing throughout the Theatre.
Knoxville Opera is delighted to welcome back international stage director Brian Deedrick following his successful Knoxville productions of Die Fledermaus and The Elixir of Love. The diabolical Mefistofele will be performed by The Metropolitan Opera’s Donovan Singletary, Julia Lima will enthrall the audience as the tragic Margherita, and Cody Austin will deliver Faust’s romantic and dramatic character.
About Knoxville Opera
Knoxville Opera is dedicated to contributing to the cultural enrichment of East Tennessee by providing high-quality, locally produced opera performances. Through its stunning performances of classic opera productions, Knoxville Opera works to educate the community about opera’s important cultural and societal role in history. Established in 1978, Knoxville Opera is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to presenting theatrical stories and legend through the art of opera. All performances by Knoxville Opera are made possible through generous donations by The Aslan Foundation, The Tennessee Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, Knox County, the City of Knoxville, the Robert H. & Monica M. Cole Foundation, Pilot Flying J, Regal Entertainment Group and The Fifth Commandment Fund.