Good news for opera lovers and anyone else who enjoys seeing Knoxville's cultural scene advance!
Knoxville Opera has announced that it has received a $750,000 grant from Knoxville's Aslan Foundation. The grant will affect three areas of the opera company's current and future operation. First, the grant will be used to support operating reserves which safeguard the company's sustainability. Second, the grant funds will be used for the production of operas, which are the core of its artistic activities. Third, the grant will be used to create a new Knoxville Opera Artist-in-Residence Program, providing experience and training for young, professional artists while allowing the company to benefit from their participation in education and community activities.
"Knoxville Opera is an important part of our city's cultural identity," said Jeff Mansour, the Aslan Foundation's Executive Director. "The Foundation's Board of Directors hopes our support will help solidify an already well-run organization allowing them to pursue even greater artistic achievements and build on their impressive community outreach efforts. We're also very excited about the new Artist-in-Residence Program and look forward to seeing its impact on the Opera's performances and educational programs."
Knoxville Opera Executive Director/Conductor Brian Salesky added: "Knoxville Opera's future certainly looks brighter thanks to the generosity, vision and confidence of the Aslan Foundation. We celebrate the Aslan Foundation's gift as a challenge for us to judiciously expand and increase the level of our artistic activities."
The 2013-14 season is Knoxville Opera's 36th season; it opens next week, October 25/27, with Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann at the Tennessee Theatre. The season also includes Donizetti's The Elixir of Love on February 14/16 and Bellini's Norma on April 11/13, which is part of the Rossini Festival.