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Former NFL defensive end stars in Knoxville Opera

- Associated Press - Friday, April 11, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens defensive end is singing one of the lead roles in the Knoxville Opera Company's production of Bellini's "Norma."

Ta'u Pupu'a (TAH'-oo Puh-POO'-uh) studied music at Julliard after an injury ended his career in professional football. He will perform the role of Pollione (Pol-ee-OH-nay) on Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Pupu'a is joined by Rochelle Bard in the role of Norma and J'nai (Juh-NAY') Bridges in the role of Adalgisa (Ah-del-JEEZ'-ah).

The story of "Norma" is a triangle of forbidden love against the backdrop of war between the Gauls and the Romans in 50 B.C.E.

The production is presented in Italian with projected English translations. A preview begins 45 minutes prior to the performances.

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