Kathryn Frady

Marble City Opera has had to postpone one production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci was originally scheduled for May 29th and 30th, but has been postponed to August 13, 14, and 15th. Fortunately, the original venue of the Tennessee Ampitheatre in World's Fair Park remains the same and offers a great solution of outdoor seating and space for social distancing. During this time when the curtain is temporarily closed, executive and artistic director, Kathryn Frady, has been brainstorming and sharing ideas with other arts administrators.

Knoxville native, Beauford Delaney, was a central figure in the high-art circles of Boston, New York, and Paris during the mid-twentieth century. But after his death in 1979, his name and his works were largely forgotten. Today, his legacy is being revived through the tireless efforts of artists, curators, collectors, critics and art enthusiasts worldwide. 

What happened to the women of Berlin after the end of WWII? What kind of hardships and brutality did they endure during that tumultuous time? Marble City Opera takes a look at this difficult subject through the US premiere of "City of Ashes", which is composed by Juilliard-based composer, Evan Fein and sets text by Knoxville-native, Emily Anderson.

Marble City Opera (MCO) concludes its 2018-2019 season, "Season of Women", with Puccini's heartbreaking one-act tragedy Suor Angelica. The story takes place in a covent and fittingly, MCO has set their production in the lovely courtyard at St. John's Cathedral in downtown Knoxville. The audience will meet about twenty nuns and will learn of one nun's intimate loss.

Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Bowser are two unsung heroes of the Civil War...until now. These two women worked as spies for the Union by overhearing conversations of Confederate officers and soliders around them, directly relaying the messages to General Ulysses Grant. Their contributions played a big part in the Union's victory.

Nero was the last Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. By all accounts, he wasn't a pleasant man, but his tyrannous behavior inspired several composers to write an opera about him, including Monteverdi, Mascagni, and Boito. However, all of these works portray just one side of this complicated man. Writer and singer, Sarah Toth, decided to explore the lesser-known side of Nero and together, with composer Peter James Learn, and with the poetry of Geoffrey Lehman, she created a new chamber opera entitled the Nero Monologues

On Thursday and Friday, May 10th and 11th, Marble City Opera will present Dominick Argento's one-act opera, Postcard from Morocco. Performances will be given at the Jackson Terminal, located in the "Old City" of downtown Knoxville. The opera takes place at a train station. There are seven characters in the opera, each attached to a specific item and each on his/her way to some unknown destination.

Knoxville's Marble City Opera opens its 2017/2018 season with a double-bill, presenting two one-act operas, both incorporating the telephone as a main character. Soprano and artistic-director, Kathryn Frady, will star in Francis Poulenc's one-woman show, The Human Voice, while soprano, Julia Metry and baritone, Peter Johnson share the stage in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Telephone. Pianist, Brandon Coffer, will fulfill the role of "orchestra" on the piano. 

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but there's never a bad time to enjoy beautiful romantic music, wine, and chocolate! Marble City Opera unites all three together for an evening of "Chocolate and Wine", presented at the new Modern Studio, located in Happy Holler. Local baritones, Brandon Gibson, Michael Rodgers, Dominick White, and Maurice Hendricks with pianist Brandon Coffer will serenade while audience members enjoy six different chocolate and wine pairings selected by Knoxville chef, Holly Hambright.

Marble City Opera Presents "Sweets By Kate"

May 13, 2016

On May 15th & 16th, Marble City Opera presented the professional premiere of "Sweets by Kate," a chamber opera by Griffin Candey. The opera tells the story of Elizabeth and Kate, two women who inherit a candy shop, and now must wrangle with disapproving townsfolk,  the precarious state of the store, and the deal Elizabeth's family made with the Devil--or Carl, as he prefers to be called in this show. 

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