Jonathan Burton is Calàf in Puccini’s ‘Turandot.’ Image courtesy of Nashville Opera.

In celebration of its 4oth anniversary season, Knoxville Opera will present Puccini’s Turandot at Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m. 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. Friday, Feb. 23, a three-course dinner at Ruth’s Chris is available for $75 per person (cash bar), and beginning at noon Sunday, Feb. 25, a brunch at Crowne Plaza is available for $25 per person (cash bar). Reservations are available at, and proceeds benefit the Knoxville Opera Guild.

Tickets for both performances are available from $23 with a discount for students of all ages. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 865-524-0795, ext. 1.

Written by Sandra Clark
editor/CEO Powell community coordinator 865-661-8777