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/