Preview Knoxville Opera 2019-20 season at free Pellissippi State performance

Adia Evans of Knoxville Opera
Soprano Adia Evans will be featured in the Knoxville Opera Preview Thursday, Sept. 26, at Pellissippi State.

Music enthusiasts can get a sneak peek at the Knoxville Opera 42nd season in a free preview Thursday at Pellissippi State Community College.

The Knoxville Opera Preview, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Pellissippi State is proud to host the Knoxville Opera Preview concert as a means for concert-goers to learn more about opera and hear a sampling of the Knoxville Opera 2019-2020 season, while also experiencing top-notch opera singers,” said Pellissippi State Music Program Coordinator Meagan L. Humphreys. “We hope it encourages all who attend the preview to make plans to attend a full opera performance.”

Cornelia Lotito of Knoxville Opera
Mezzo-soprano Cornelia Lotito will be featured in the Knoxville Opera Preview Thursday, Sept. 26, at Pellissippi State.

Maestro Brian Salesky will host the evening, which will feature soprano Adia Evans and mezzo-soprano Cornelia Lotito.

“The repertoire will be an eclectic mix of selections from most of our programs throughout the upcoming season – from Broadway to operetta, from spirituals to Christmas carols, and highlights from our three productions: Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, and Okoye’s Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom,” said Salesky, who is in his 15th and final season as Knoxville Opera’s executive and artistic director.

The Arts at Pellissippi State is an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances and fine arts exhibits. For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State this season, visit or call 865-694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability at this event or any campus event, call 865-539-7401 or email