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Date:
January 13, 2018
Time:
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:
Adult Reading Rotunda & Main Gallery
Address:
508 N. Cusick Street
Maryville, TN 37804
Contact:
865-273-1408
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Turandot Opera (Puccini) by Knoxville Opera Company

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Library Sponsored - Open to the Public ( Snow date January 20, 2017)

  • Saturday,  January 13,  11 a.m.,  “Puccini’s Turandot Opera,”  directed by Maestro Brian Salesky.  This opera, still among the world’s finest operas and one that made Luciano Pavarotti famous, was originally bereft of its final scene due to Puccini’s untimely death and had to be completed by a “mere mortal.” This program is sponsored by the Blount County Friends of the Library. The opera tells the story of Princess Turandot and her plan to remain unmarried by forcing potential suitors to answer three riddles. Until Prince Calaf arrives, all suitors have met their deaths by answering the riddles incorrectly.  Although even the king, Turandot’s father, beg Prince Calaf not to ring the gong signaling his attempt to answer the riddles and win Princess Turandot in marriage, the Prince proceeds with the challenge. The performance at the library will have stage sets, props and artists to perform a “mini” version of the opera as an educational program for the library audience, children and adults. Following the performance, Maestro Salesky and the artists will answer questions from the audience. The performance will be in the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery. (In the event that the library is closed due to inclement weather on January 13, the opera will be performed the following Saturday, January 20, at 11 a.m.)