KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It's a beautiful art form that may be difficult to grasp. That's why, for the eighth consecutive year, the Knoxville Opera is traveling to dozens of schools to present an opera in an easy-to-digest format. 

Thursday's performance was at Seymour High School. 

This season's production is a 40-minute English-language version of Donizetti's 1835 opera Lucia di Lammermoor.

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Knoxville Opera's Executive and Artistic Director, Brian Salesky, is pleased to present this cultural experience in an accessible form.

Teachers received a Teacher Guide to help prepare students for the performances. 

At the Tennessee Theatre in February, the complete opera will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

All of the students who see the short version in English are invited to check out the real thing. They can go to the final dress rehearsal of the opera at the Tennessee Theatre next month... for free.

Knoxville Opera's January schedule for Education & Community Engagement programs:

Jan. 8 1:00 p.m. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 9 10:10 a.m. Farragut Middle School, Farragut Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 9 2:10 p.m. Farragut Middle School, Farragut Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 10 10:00 a.m. Seymour High School, Seymour Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 10 2:00 p.m. Eagleton Middle School, Maryville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 11 9:45 a.m. West Hills Elementary School, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 11 1:00 p.m. Episcopal School of Knoxville, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 14 9:45 a.m. Brickey-McCloud Elementary, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 14 1:30 p.m. Gresham Middle School, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 15 10:00 a.m. Northwest Middle School, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 15 1:15 p.m. Powell Elementary School, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 16 10:30 a.m. William Blount High School, Maryville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 16 2:00 p.m. Alcoa Middle School, Alcoa Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 17 10:30 a.m. Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater African-American Voices

Jan. 17 1:00 p.m. Sequoyah High School, Madisonville Opera 101

Jan. 17 7:00 p.m. Hiwassee College, Madisonville Community Concert

Jan. 18 10:30 a.m. Meadowview Middle School, Morristown Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 18 1:30 p.m. West View Middle School, Morristown Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 21 11:45 a.m. Overcoming Believers Church, Knoxville MLK Jr. Day Celebration

Jan. 22 10:00 a.m. Austin-East High School, Knoxville African-American Voices

Jan. 22 1:30 p.m. Spring Hill Elementary School, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 23 10:30 a.m. Holston Middle School, Knoxville African-American Voices

Jan. 23 2:00 p.m. Central High School, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 24 10:00 a.m. Austin-East High School, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 24 1:30 p.m. Carter Middle School, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor

Jan. 24 7:00 a.m. Knox High Senior Center, Knoxville Lucia of Lammermoor