Knoxville Opera gets its largest grant, $750K

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Knoxville Opera has received a $750,000 grant from the Aslan Foundation to support three initiatives over the next five years.

The grant is the largest in the Opera's history.

The money is slated to bolster operating reserves which will help safeguard the company's sustainability.

Funds will also be used for the production of operas, which form the core of its artistic activities. The grant will create the new Knoxville Opera Artist-in-Residence Program, which will enhance Knoxville Opera's ability to provide experience and training for young, professional artists while simultaneously benefiting from their participation in education and community activities.

The Knoxville Opera's 36th season opens at the Tennessee Theatre on October 25.

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