Knoxville Opera opens its 2010-11 season in two weeks with a new production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly starring the Korean soprano Jin-Won Park as Cio-Cio San making her U.S. stage debut.
Ms. Park will be the guest of honor at a reception this Sunday September 19th from 1:00 PM to 2:00 at the UT Visitors Center sponsored by The University of Tennessee College of Education, Health and Human Sciences for its Next Generation Sports Talent (NEST) program of elite athletes from South Korea. The reception will allow retired professional Korean athletes to mingle and engage with other Korean students and the visiting singer.
NEST is a program sponsored by the South Korean government and supported by collaborations with other organizations such as the NCAA. Currently in its third year, UT Knoxville competed against five other U.S. Institutions to house the program. Athletes will, for one semester, live on campus while they study English language skills and further their respective areas of athletic expertise, which ranges from basketball to volleyball to sports psychology.
The new production of Madama Butterfly, directed and designed by Carroll Freeman (former director of UT Opera Theatre) with musical direction by Brian Salesky, opens at the Tennessee Theatre on October 1 with a matinee performance on October 3.