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Marble City Opera Presents an Opera About Ada Lovelace, the First Computer Programmer

Melony Dodson talks with MCO Executive and Artistic Director, Kathryn Frady, and stage director, Sierra Hammond

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer who lived from 1815 to 1852. In 1833, she met the English mathematician, inventor, and mechanical engineer, Charles Babbage, who originated the concept of a digital programmable computer. Ada was inspired by Babbage's work and realized that his invention, the Analytical Engine, could carry out an extensive sequence of mathematical operations. She wrote some examples out on paper and computer historians consider these to be the first computer program. In this opera by American composer, Kamala Sankaram and libretto by Rob Handel, Ada struggles between her work in mathematics and upholding her reputation and "roles" as a wife, mother, and public figure.

Performances are March 16, 17, and 18th at 7:30pm at the Old City Performing Arts Center in downtown Knoxville. This opera is a part of the Penny4Arts program. Children K-12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets and additional information at https://www.marblecityopera.com/

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.