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The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre Presents Monteverdi's "Ulysses"

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The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre is presenting an opera that is rarely performed today, Claudio Monteverdi's Ulysses, which is based on Homer's Odyssey. Performances are Friday, November 11th at 8pm and Sunday, November 13th at both 2:30 and 8pm. All performances will be held in the Carousel Theatre, located on the UT campus, next to the Clarence Brown Theatre.

This early opera presents numerous challenges, not only to students, but also for the artistic team, led by stage director James Marvel and music director, Kevin Class. In this interview, Melony Dodson speaks with Dr. Class about these challenges, but also about the advantages of presenting this work.

More information is available online at the UT School of Music website: www.music.utk.edu or on the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre's Facebook page.

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.