The orchestras are tuning, the singers are warming up, and make-up and costumes are being laid out for the weekend's magical performances. Okay, okay...I'll spare you the poetry. But there is a lot of opera to see and hear this weekend.
The UT Opera Theatre
The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre presents its fall offering, Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore. Check out the calendar spotlight in this week's METRO PULSE. Online here
Bijou Theatre: Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm
The Metropolitan Opera HD Broadcasts on Saturday
The wildly popular Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts in movie theaters give you the best seat in the house, albeit one 750 miles southwest of Lincoln Center. This week's broadcast is Donizetti's Don Pasquale starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polanzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo.
The Knoxville venue is the West Town Regal Cinemas. 1 p.m.
The Houston Grand Opera on WUOT-FM on Saturday
Through the facilities of WFMT, WUOT offers Houston Grand Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw, based on the Henry James novella. From the HGO website:
In this operatic thriller two children are pulled toward the world of the dead by the ghosts of their prior governess Miss Jessel and her lover Peter Quint. Internationally acclaimed soprano Amanda Roocroft plays the governess whose obsessive efforts to protect the children may prove more of a threat than the spirits themselves. Powerhouse mezzo-soprano Judith Forst is housekeeper Mrs. Grose, the governess's only ally. Haunting Victorian sets depict the world of the Henry James novel on which the opera is based. Directed by Neil Armfield, this is the third opera in HGO's ongoing Benjamin Britten series.
Saturday, Noon, on WUOT 91.9 fm in Knoxville.