Opera On Horseback In Knoxville Feb. 8 And 10

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It has been more than 70 years since cowboy entertainer Tom Mix and his horse took center stage at the Tennessee Theatre.  After this prolonged absence, horses will be a featured highlight in Knoxville Opera’s upcoming Wells Fargo Advisors production of Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West.    

The musical drama exploring the 1849 California Gold Rush presents an opportunity for Knoxville to experience opera and horses.  Opera singers will make their entrances and exits on quarter-horses from Strong Stock Farm on Rutledge Pike.   

Horses are just one of the production’s many elements designed to depict an authentic recreation of life as it was in a small, mountain mining camp.  The action includes gunfights, poker, whiskey and cigars, a sheriff, a Wells-Fargo agent, Native Americans and a blizzard.

The story, about the saloon owner Minnie who saves the life of her bandit lover in a poker scene, is based on David Belasco’s 1905 play which was subsequently made into four movies, including the 1938 Hollywood musical The Girl of the Golden West starring Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.  When the opera first premiered at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera in 1910, the world’s most famous Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, starred as the infamous Ramerrez. 

Fans of Phantom of the Opera will recognize a major theme from that musical, which Andrew Lloyd Webber plagiarized from Puccini’s brilliant score.

The opera is a marriage of music and a slice of Americana, combined with an authentic Western storyline.  To add to the audience’s experience, the Wells Fargo Stagecoach will be parked in front of the Theatre to welcome patrons and for photo opportunities.

Tickets for performances on Feb. 8 and 10 start at $18 for adults and $13 for students and are available by calling the Knoxville Opera Box Office at  865.524-0795.


Back Alley Presents End Of World Comedy "It's A Disaster"

Back Alley Productions will present the dark comedy “It’s A Disaster.” Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., June 2-16, Saturdays at 8 p.m. on June 3 and June 10,and Sundays at 3 p.m. on June 4 and June 11. The theater is located at 117 N. Chattanooga St. in LaFayette.  Tickets may be purchased at the box office 30 minutes before showtime or in advance online at www.BAPshows.com ... (click for more)

Magpie Salute To Headline Southern Brewers Festival Aug. 26

The Craftworks Foundation announces three of the four musical acts to perform at the 23rd Annual Southern Brewers Festival to be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 2-10 p.m. on the Chattanooga Riverfront in downtown Chattanooga.  The headliner will be  Magpie Salute.  Cereus Bright and Hank & Cupcakes will also perform.  Review for the performers:  ... (click for more)

Man Found With Home-Made Explosive Device Near Businesses In Hixson

A man was found with a home-made explosive device outside businesses in Hixson late Tuesday night.   A business was evacuated and portions of Highway 153 and Hamill Road were cordoned off while the device was taken away.   Joshua Redden, 34, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession ... (click for more)

Man Shot In Home Invasion Early Wednesday Morning

A man was shot in a home invasion early Wednesday morning.   Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot on the 6000 block of Arlena Circle at 4:40 a.m. Upon arrival, police located the victim, Edward Greatheart, 41,  who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Mr. Greatheart was treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital ... (click for more)

Life For Our Ancestors In 1890

May 26-27 is the 1890’s Day Jamboree in Ringgold. I encourage any reader to attend and enjoy that wonderful community. I love having grown up in Northwest Georgia and celebrating our veterans, including both of my grandfathers who served in WWII.  But I also want to describe how the 1890’s were for my ancestors, living here in a singularly turbulent time. Based on, among ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Governor Haslam, Please!

AN OPEN LETTER TO GOV. BILL HASLAM … Greetings to you, my friend. You know with one more year on the course we have sailed during your two terms as the leader of our state you will go down as one of the greatest governors we have ever had. It stands to reason you eye Lamar Alexander’s Senate seat, but whatever you do it will be hard to replicate your service to Tennessee and ... (click for more)