As everyone in our community deals with the COVID-19 virus situation, please be assured that the health and safety of our staff, artists, and community is Knoxville Opera’s top priority. Taking into account the CDC’s current guidelines, Knoxville Opera is taking the following actions regarding our scheduled public activities:

March 29 Knoxville Opera Guild “Opera Up Close High Tea” Cancelled 

April 16-2 African-American Voices in-school programs Cancelled 

April 18 Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival International Street Fair Postponed 

April 29 Harriet Tubman Student Dress Rehearsal Cancelled

May 1 and 3 Harriet Tubman Performances Postponed 

May 17 Knoxville Opera Guild Croquet Tournament Postponed 

The latest information about the virus and the precautions/actions individuals need to take may be found at these websites: 

Extensive information about the virus and how it is affecting the opera industry may be found courtesy of Opera America on their website: 

For those who have already made reservations for a Guild event, please consider converting your reservation to a donation to help the company during and after this adversity. For those who have already purchased Harriet Tubman tickets, please consider converting your reservation to either a donation or a voucher for the rescheduled production. Please contact Marie Butler ( about these options. For Rossini Festival vendors and exhibitors wishing a refund, please contact Don Townsend ( 

Going forward, we will communicate via our website, Facebook page, and e-mails about the postponed events as information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued support of Knoxville Opera during this difficult period for our community.


About Knoxville Opera – Knoxville Opera’s mission is to provide the residents of East Tennessee with high quality, locally produced opera and to contribute to the future of the operatic art form by educating the community about opera and its role in our culture. Knoxville Opera, founded in 1978, is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization presenting productions made possible, in part, by major funding from our patrons, The Aslan Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Pilot Flying J, Regal Cinemas, Knox County, Dr. Sharon Lord, The Sood Family, Nancy and Charlie Wagner, City of Knoxville, The Cole Foundation, KaTom Restaurant Supply, Home Federal Bank, HomeTrust Bank, and the National Endowment for the Arts.