Rossini Festival - Knoxville, TN

Rossini Festival - Knoxville, TN Founded by Doctor Monroe and Sandra Trout - Voted Knoxville's Best Festival
Voted Knoxville's Best Outdoor Festival! FOUNDING SPONSORS DR. MONROE AND SANDRA TROUT One of the Southeast’s most alluring cultural attractions, Knoxville Opera's Rossini Festival International Street Fair brings International flair to East Tennessee and celebrates the color, fun and excitement of opera and the performing arts. The festival combines world class opera performances, art and craft exhibitions, and a wide variety of other events with a vibrant International Street Fair. Downtown Knoxville is transformed from busy city blocks to a colorful European festival with four stages featuring a range of entertainment options, an upscale Artisan’s Market, the smells and tastes of authentic international foods and beverages, and a special children’s area on Market Square and Market Street with entertainment, fun and games. Children's fun zone is brought to you by YMCA of Knoxville
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2017 Rossini Festival attractions include: • International Street Fair Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00am - 9:00pm Gay Street and Market Square, Downtown Knoxville • The return of The Casual Pint's "Brewtopia: A Craft Beer Garden" • FIVE stages featuring 11+ hours of FREE entertainment by almost 1,000 performers throughout the day! For further information about the 2016 Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival, contact Don Townsend at 865-524-0795, ext. 26 or Michael Torano, ext. 28. Thanks to all who attended the 14th Annual Rossini Festival International Street Fair last year and voted us as "Best Festival" in Knoxville Mercury's "Top Knox" Awards!

Mission: To provide entertainment and education in the cultural arts and opera to the citizens of East Tennessee.

Rossini Festival - Knoxville, TN
03/16/2020

Rossini Festival - Knoxville, TN

As everyone in our community deals with the COVID-19 virus situation,  please be assured that the health and safety of o...
03/16/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

As everyone in our community deals with the COVID-19 virus situation, please be assured that the health and safety of our staff, artists, and community is Knoxville Opera’s top priority. Taking into account the CDC’s current guidelines, Knoxville Opera is taking the following actions regarding our scheduled public activities:

March 29 -- Knoxville Opera Guild “Opera Up Close High Tea” -- Cancelled

April 16-2 -- African-American Voices in-school programs -- Cancelled

April 18 -- Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival International Street Fair -- Postponed

April 29 -- Harriet Tubman Student Dress Rehearsal -- Cancelled

May 1 and 3 -- Harriet Tubman Performances -- Postponed

May 17 -- Knoxville Opera Guild Croquet Tournament -- Postponed

The latest information about the virus and the precautions/actions individuals need to take may be found at these websites:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://knoxcounty.org/health/coronavirus/

https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

Extensive information about the virus and how it is affecting the opera industry may be found courtesy of Opera America on their website: https://www.operaamerica.org/content/about/covid19.aspx#advocacy.

For those who have already made reservations for a Guild event, please consider converting your reservation to a donation to help the company during and after this adversity. For those who have already purchased Harriet Tubman tickets, please consider converting your reservation to either a donation or a voucher for the rescheduled production. Please contact Marie Butler ([email protected]) about these options.

For Rossini Festival vendors and exhibitors wishing a refund, please contact Don Townsend ([email protected]).

Going forward, we will communicate via our website, page, and e-mails about the postponed events as information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued support of Knoxville Opera during this difficult period for our community.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

It's almost #RossiniTimeInTennessee! Visit our  website rossinifestival.org for more info and make sure to click 'going'...
01/09/2020

It's almost #RossiniTimeInTennessee! Visit our website rossinifestival.org for more info and make sure to click 'going' or 'interested' on our event page!

Rossini Festival - Knoxville, TN
01/09/2020

Rossini Festival - Knoxville, TN

Rossini Festival - Knoxville, TN
12/19/2019

Rossini Festival - Knoxville, TN

12/19/2019
Rossini volunteers, Volunteer East Tennessee is giving away a 4-pack of Tennessee Valley Fair tickets for their birthday...
07/01/2019

Rossini volunteers, Volunteer East Tennessee is giving away a 4-pack of Tennessee Valley Fair tickets for their birthday, so post your selfies!

✋ 1: VOLUNTEER with any nonprofit or community organization
📸 2: TAKE A SELFIE during your volunteer experience
💬 3: POST your photo and TAG @VolunteerETN

You can read more about Volunteer East Tennessee here: https://www.volunteeretn.org/give5

Forgot to check your tickets purchased at the Tennessee Lottery booth? Don’t worry! Just get the official TN Lottery App...
04/14/2019

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All it takes is a dollar or two! Do not forget to stop by the Tennessee Lottery booth and play for your chance to become...
04/12/2019

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Tennessee Lottery has raised more than $4.8 BILLION for education in Tennessee! Every time you play, a student wins. Mak...
04/11/2019

Tennessee Lottery has raised more than $4.8 BILLION for education in Tennessee! Every time you play, a student wins. Make sure to stop by the Tennessee Lottery booth to play. #TNWins #HopeIsRealInTN

04/11/2019
Rossini Festival - Knoxville, TN

It's almost here!

and now, for something completely different.
"What is Rossini Festival?"
It is THIS! #SeeYouAtRossini
#BeatsAndEats

On April 1st, the Knoxville Opera Guild hosted an intriguing and fun dinner event at Holly's Gourmets Market. Maestro Br...
04/10/2019

On April 1st, the Knoxville Opera Guild hosted an intriguing and fun dinner event at Holly's Gourmets Market. Maestro Brian Salesky recreated the old The Metropolitan Opera Texaco #Opera Quiz, trying to stump a distinguished panel of local opera experts. Pictured, left to right, are panelists Andrew Wentzel (former bass of the Metropolitan Opera), Daniel Berry (former voice of WUOT 91.9 FM, Knoxville and veteran of many KO productions), Vladimir Protopopescu(scientist at ORNL), and Brian Salesky.

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04/01/2019
Rossini Festival news: Gemstore by Jewelry Television will hold a jewelry sale at the Rossini Festival, which is open fr...
03/22/2019

Rossini Festival news: Gemstore by Jewelry Television will hold a jewelry sale at the Rossini Festival, which is open from 10 am to 9 pm on Sat. April 13.

Admission to the Rossini Festival is free. Visit the Rossini Festival website at www.rossinifestival.org.

Due to popular demand, tickets to our May production at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus are now availabl...
03/19/2019

Due to popular demand, tickets to our May production at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus are now available online! Click the link to buy yours before they're gone. https://www.knoxvilleopera.com/ticketshop/

Rossini Festival News: A Beer Garden featuring a variety of beverages and food will be in operation at the 2019 Rossini ...
03/12/2019

Rossini Festival News: A Beer Garden featuring a variety of beverages and food will be in operation at the 2019 Rossini Festival on Sat. April 13.

Sponsored by Cool Beans Bar and Grill, SoKno Taco Cantina, and Central Flats & Taps.

The beer garden will serve an array of brews, flatbreads, and tacos.

Admission is free to adults 21 and over. I.D. checks and wristbands are required to purchase beer or other adult beverages.

On this International Women's Day, we celebrate just a few of the outstanding women artists who have graced our presence...
03/08/2019

On this International Women's Day, we celebrate just a few of the outstanding women artists who have graced our presence!

The deadline for registration of Food Vendors, Artisans, and Exhibitors for the Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival is Marc...
03/07/2019
Knoxville Opera

The deadline for registration of Food Vendors, Artisans, and Exhibitors for the Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival is March 15! After March 15, a late fee will be charged. Visit https://www.knoxvilleopera.com/rossini-festival-3-2/ to sign up today!

Volunteer for Rossini Knoxville Opera's Rossini Festival International Street Fair The next Rossini Festival International Street Fair will be Saturday, April 13, 2019. This annual gift to our community has been designated a “legacy event” by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and serves as a celeb...

We invite you to be in the middle of the action as you take on the role of Sicilian villager watching the drama unfold i...
03/05/2019

We invite you to be in the middle of the action as you take on the role of Sicilian villager watching the drama unfold in front of you! Feel like you are inside the wine shop as both joy and despair pull at the characters! Tickets are selling out very quickly for this amazing experience! Call 865-524-0795 Ext. 1 or visit KnoxvilleOpera.com to learn more about Cavalleria Rusticana and the Sacred Music Concert!

We have one of the most unique events we have ever done coming up in May.  On Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 we invit...
03/01/2019
Cavalleria Rusticana – Knoxville Opera

We have one of the most unique events we have ever done coming up in May. On Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 we invite you to take an imaginary trip to Sicily for a concert of sacred music and a fabulous opera! First, inside the magnificent Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus you will enjoy a sacred music concert and then become part of the thrilling opera, Cavalleria Rusticana, as a Sicilian villager seated outside the church. You will be in the middle of the action as the cathedral becomes the backdrop for the opera that lit up the Godfather III finale! Tickets are going very fast to this experience! To purchase tickets, either call 865-524-0795 Ext. 1 or come by our box office at 612 East Depot Avenue in Knoxville. Don't miss this amazing experience! Get your tickets today! Want to learn more? Visit http://www.knoxvilleopera.com/cavalleria/

Come take an imaginary Easter Sunday trip to Sicily for a concert of sacred music gems and a gut-wrenching drama. First, inside the magnificent cathedral, enjoy treasures by Verdi, Rossini, Franck, and Mascagni. Then, become part of the thrilling Cavalleria Rusticana as a Sicilian villager seated ou...

Lucia di Lammermoor opens THIS Friday!  There will be only two performances of the true tale of Scotland's star-crossed ...
02/19/2019

Lucia di Lammermoor opens THIS Friday! There will be only two performances of the true tale of Scotland's star-crossed lovers - Friday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30! For tickets call 865-524-0795 Ext. 1 or online at KnoxvilleOpera.com! Couples wanting to participate in the wedding vow renewal, on stage before the show, still have time to register! Email [email protected] and reserve your space on the stage now!

Our free student dress rehearsal for Lucia di Lammermoor is this Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 at the Tennessee Theatre...
02/18/2019
Student Dress Rehearsals – Knoxville Opera

Our free student dress rehearsal for Lucia di Lammermoor is this Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 at the Tennessee Theatre. Students are free and accompanying adults pay just $5 cash at the door. For more information, visit https://www.knoxvilleopera.com/student-dress-rehearsals/.

Student Dress Rehearsals Knoxville Opera is pleased to invite all students to attend the Student Dress Rehearsals of all opera productions for free. These rehearsals are overwhelming experiences of live, fully staged operas featuring fabulous solo artists, intriguing productions, the Knoxville Opera...

02/15/2019

Take a quick look at how we put together our production of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, and get a sneak peek of our Lucia (Soprano Meryl Dominguez) rehearsing the famous Mad Scene.

Tonight is our final room run, the last rehearsal before moving to the stage. Stay tuned for clips from tonight's rehearsal over on the Knoxville Opera page.

Featuring Hannah Hammel, principal flutist of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. #knoxvilleopera #luciadilammermoor

02/14/2019
Want to renew your wedding vows? Join us for one of the performances of Lucia di Lammermoor on Feb 22 or 24 and you can!...
02/13/2019

Want to renew your wedding vows? Join us for one of the performances of Lucia di Lammermoor on Feb 22 or 24 and you can! Email [email protected] to renew your vows on the stage at the magnificent Tennessee Theatre! A fabulous show and a vow renewal! What’s not to love?! #knoxvilleopera #tennesseetheatre #vowrenewal #romance #loveisintheair #knoxvilleevents

Love and loss reigns in the true tale of Scotland's star-crossed lovers in Lucia di Lammermoor.  Ticket info at Knoxvill...
02/13/2019

Love and loss reigns in the true tale of Scotland's star-crossed lovers in Lucia di Lammermoor. Ticket info at KnoxvilleOpera.com! #knoxvilleopera #luciadilammermoor #valentinesdaygift #loveisforever

"Talk to the hand" has apparently been around for a LONG time as Lucia di Lammermoor takes place in 16th Century Scotlan...
02/11/2019

"Talk to the hand" has apparently been around for a LONG time as Lucia di Lammermoor takes place in 16th Century Scotland! #knoxvilleopera #luciadilammermoor #funonmonday

02/08/2019
Meet the Artists: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR 2019 Part 3

Part 3 of Knoxville Opera's Meet the Artists series where you get to know the incredibly talented and fun people who will bring Lucia di Lammermoor to life! #knoxvilleopera #luciadilammermoor #funwiththecast

02/08/2019

Happy Opera Day! Buying a ticket to Lucia di Lammermoor seems like the proper way to celebrate! Visit knoxvilleopera.com now to get your ticket! #operaday #knoxvilleopera

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One of the Southeast’s most alluring cultural attractions, Knoxville Opera's Rossini Festival International Street Fair brings International flair to East Tennessee and celebrates the color, fun and excitement of opera and the performing arts. The festival combines world class opera performances, art and craft exhibitions, and a wide variety of other events with a vibrant International Street Fair. Downtown Knoxville is transformed from busy city blocks to a colorful European festival with four stages featuring a range of entertainment options, an upscale Artisan’s Market, the smells and tastes of authentic international foods and beverages, and a special children’s area on Market Square and Market Street with entertainment, fun and games. Children's fun zone is brought to you by YMCA of Knoxville

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Saturday 10:00 - 22:00

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2020 Rossini Festival attractions include: • International Street Fair Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:00am - 9:00pm Downtown Knoxville • FIVE stages featuring 11+ hours of FREE entertainment by almost 1,000 performers throughout the day!

The 2018 Rossini Festival was the recipient of the Pauly Award for Special Event of the Year given by the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association and the 2018 Special Event Award given by the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association at the STARS of the Industry Awards.

For further information about the 2019 Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival, contact Don Townsend at 865-524-0795, ext. 261.

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Hi! I went to the Rossini Festival last year and found this really amazing ceramic artist. They had a booth that was primarily little cups that had indentions on the sides for and easier grip. I bought one, but unfortunately I dropped it and it broke. I've been trying to find the artist ever since then to get another, but I have had no luck! Any clues on who they may be?
Sorry the Festival had to be postponed, good call in the end. Here’s a little taste of what were working on for the Historic Market Square stage! Can’t wait to perform on the future date!
Hanging out at the volunteer tent. Great food, great drinks, awesome music!
I love the festival but the event where you have people chopping water bottles with a sharp sword is ridiculous. There are so many people that could use that water... can you not slash something else?
is the festival still going on since it’s rainy?
I have always loved the Rossini Festival! Slightly disappointed in the set up this year. It seemed much more grandiose and exciting when being held on Gay St. Is there a chance it will go back?
Are good and drinks purchased with cash from the various vendors or do you have to buy tickets?
Sandsation Dancers are ready to return to the Market Square stage for the fabulous and fun Rossini Festival!!! #knoxvilleopera #rossinifestival
Artisan, Exhibitor, and Food Vendor applications for Rossini 2019 are up on our website!
Had a Great time. Thank You ☺️
Are dogs allowed
Come visit Mimi & Opa. Bath Bombs. Candles. Wax melts soaps and more.