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Next Week: Knoxville Opera's 'The Tales of Hoffmann'

In the wide world of opera storylines, Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann truly has one of the more compelling ones. The opera is based on a play by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre, with Barbier writing the libretto. The writers placed the real-life poet, E.T.A. Hoffmann, as a character in his own stories as he searches for love and finds it beyond his grasp.

Although Offenbach died during the rehearsals for the first performances at Paris's Opéra-Comique, the musical depth of the opera proved that he was a composer of considerable power. It is, without question, at the pinnacle of French operas.

The Tales of Hoffmann opens the Knoxville Opera 2013-14 season next week with performances on Friday evening, October 25, and Sunday afternoon, October 27, at the Tennessee Theatre. The production is directed by Keturah Stickann with musical direction by Brian Salesky. This production cleverly has singers taking multiple roles throughout the three acts. Evan Bowers sings the role of Hoffmann, the poet, while Talise Trevigne sings all three of the objects of Hoffmann's desire--Olympia, Antonia, and Giuletta. Trevigne has previously appeared in Knoxville Opera productions of Rigoletto and Manon.

Call for tickets at 865-524-0795 or visit 

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Alan Sherrod serves up a big plate of nourishing commentary on the Knoxville classical music and fine arts scene.