Knoxville Opera bringing ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ to the stage


After nine years, Donizetti’s famous 1835 opera Lucia di Lammermoor is returning to the Tennessee Theatre stage on February 22nd and 24th.

Knoxville Opera principle cast members of the Donizetti Gothic masterpiece, Meryl Dominguez and Aaron Short, stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side studios to share more – and sing a little preview. 

Sir Walter Scott first published the story in his 1819 novel, The Bride of Lammermoor, and yet the true tale of star-crossed lovers is still as tragic today as it was back then. Lucia di Lammermoor will take your emotions on a rollercoaster, similar to the heartbreaking story of Romeo and Juliet.

“It is both the Scottish Romeo and Juliet and a classic gothic story set to thrilling music which has made sopranos into legends,” said Brian Salesky, Executive and Artistic Director of Knoxville Opera.

The tale surrounds Lucia and her secret love for Edgardo, her family’s enemy. Lucia’s brother, Enrico, forces her to marry a rich nobleman in an attempt to save his family from political and financial burdens. Lucia learns of her brothers disloyalty and immediately feels betrayed. She loses her mind and killed her husband, whom she did not really love. This dramatic and heartrending production is sure to leave the crowd speechless.

In light of the Valentine’s Day season, the Knoxville Opera is giving married couples the opportunity to renew their vows right on stage. Couples who attend either play and want to participate can contact Beth Evans via email at to register and obtain details on when to arrive to the Theater.  

Knoxville Opera encourages all students of all ages, free from charge, to attend the final dress rehearsal of the show on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $5.00.

Opening night of Lucia di Lammermoor is Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a matinee show on Sunday, February 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at or call (865)-524-0795 ext. 1.  

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