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Marble City Opera's "The Christmas Spider" is a heartwarming story based on a Ukrainian legend


Melony Dodson talks with Kathryn Frady, soprano and Executive Artistic Director of Marble City Opera, about the one-act holiday opera based on a Ukrainian legend, "The Christmas Spider"

If you belong to the group of people who celebrate the "12 days of Christmas", which ends on January 6th, but are disappointed that holiday performances and festivities have all wrapped up, then you are in luck, because Marble City Opera (MCO) has a one-act holiday opera coming up on Saturday, January 6th. The Christmas Spider is an original opera, co-produced by Marble City Opera and Opera Louisane, with music by Clint Borzoni and libretto by John de los Santos. This heartwarming story is based on a Ukrainian legend, which shares a story of love, kindness, and togetherness. Performances are on January 6th at St. John's Cathedral in downtown Knoxville at 2:30 and 5pm. Kids attend for free, as part of TN's Penny for the Arts program, and there is an opportunity for audience members to meet the cast in between the two performances during a "meet and greet" reception during which refreshments will be provided.
Tickets and additional information are available at https://www.marblecityopera.com/

To watch a short video retelling the story with excerpts of music from the opera: https://www.facebook.com/MarbleCityOpera/videos/1496366671143614

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.