KINGSPORT CHAMBER: Opera Comes To The Appalachian Highlands

Kingsport Chamber issued the following announcement on Sept. 11.

Symphony of the Mountains opens its fall season with two performances of Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème. This will be the only opportunity this season for patrons in the Tri-Cities and Southwest Virginia to experience live opera within 100 miles. The performances are made possible by a special collaboration with Opera Ithaca (New York) and Symphony of the Mountains. SOTM Music Director, Cornelia Laemmli Orth will be conducting two performances in Ithaca as well as performances at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport and the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory and Henry College, in Emory, VA.

After performing in Ithaca, the principal singers, stage director and music director will travel to Kingsport to prepare with Voices of the Mountains, Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy and the Symphony. The opera will be performed in its entirety and will be “semi-staged” with simple sets on the stage along with the orchestra.

La Bohème tells the story of four young men (a painter, a poet, a philosopher and a musician) who share lodgings together and focuses on the blossoming love between Rodolpho (the poet) and the beautiful young Mimi (an embroiderer who is their neighbor, but who also suffers from tuberculosis) as well as the more turbulent relationship between Marcello (the painter) and Musetta. La Bohème was premiered in 1896 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. In more recent times, Jonathan Larson’s rock opera, Rent, is a modern re-telling of this timeless story. SOTM Executive Director Scott Eddlemon remarked, “This is my favorite opera of all time! It never fails to bring me to laughter and tears no matter how many times I experience it. If you only see one opera in your life, this needs to be the one!”

The first performance takes place Saturday, October 5 at 7:00pm at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory and Henry College, in Emory, VA. The second performance is Sunday, October 6 at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. Adult tickets are $35 with students and children admitted free. Call the Symphony of the Mountains Box Office at (423) 392-8423 or visit for tickets.

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