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Knoxville Opera's "The Merry Widow"

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Donata Cucinotta (Valencienne) and Sean Anderson (Count Danilo) talk about Knoxville Opera's upcoming production of one of the best-loved operettas in the repertoire - Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow, a flirtatious comedy set in Paris about a wealthy widow and her Embassy's frantic attempts to marry her off to one of their countrymen in order to keep her fortune in the country. Opens at the Tennessee Theatre November 4.

Charlotte comes to Knoxville from New Zealand, where she worked for many years for Radio New Zealand and a stint at BBC Radio 3 before bucking the trend of the last few years and falling in love with the USA. First stop: KBAQ Phoenix, where she announces the Sunday evening show. Then she found WUOT and here she is on the Afternoon Concert, with a wealth of experience that includes hosting live concerts and interviews with all sorts of artists from Neville Marriner to Judy Collins to the Kronos Quartet. For years she hosted the daily live interviews on RNZ Concert, also a range of shows and series that include Art Life Music on fine art - art and music run in the family, also a predilection for acquiring random new instruments (the latest is a mandolin). For years she hosted a weekly contemporary classical show on RNZ and the Big Ears festival is one of the things that attracted her here. As well as those Great Smoky Mountains!