The Knoxville Opera (www.knoxvilleopera.com ) offers four performances annually at the Tennessee Theatre  in downtown Knoxville . The opera also organizes the Rossini Festival , an Italian street fair, every spring.
The Appalachian Ballet Company (865/982-8463, www.appalachianballet.com ) is a regional dance group chartered in 1972. The company puts on three performances each year, including a holiday production of The Nutcracker.
Circle Modern Dance (www.circlemoderndance.com ) is a grassroots dance group founded in 1990 to provide an alternative to mainstream dance performances. They offer classes and occasional shows.