Marble City Opera

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.

On March 9th and 10th, Marble City Opera (MCO) will present the world premiere of "Follow Suit,"  with music composed by Griffin Candey and the libretto by Knoxville's own, Emily Anderson. The opera features soprano and MCO's artistic director, Kathryn Frady and renowned baritone, Morgan Smith. Griffin Candey will conduct the three-piece ensemble of clarinet, cello, and piano, which includes resident pianist and music director, Brandon Coffer. Performances will be at Windows on the Park Lounge at the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park at 8pm. Tickets and information

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. 

"Dinner and a movie" is a popular date-night option, but what about "dinner and an opera?" The opportunity doesn't present itself all too often, but this Thursday and Friday nights, Knoxvillians have the chance to enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Holly's Gourmets Market and an opera, performed by Marble City Opera.

Ask someone what their favorite opera is and they're likely to respond with Verdi's La Traviata, and for good reason! Verdi's opera is beautiful, gut-wrenching, and relatable, with an interesting story and complex characters. His score is full of some of the most beautiful and recognizable music in the operatic repertoire. And although Knoxville's opera fans may be familiar with Verdi's opera, they will not be familiar with Marble City Opera's unique presentation of it, which will take place at Historic Westwood, a home in the Sequoyah Hills area of Knoxville.

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 opens up its 2016-2017 season with two comedic one-act operas, performed tonight and tomorrow night (October 13th and 14th) at The Emporium in downtown Knoxville.  Gallantry by Douglas Moore is a soap-opera opera, complete with commercial breaks selling the wonders of Lochinvar soap.  La Divina by Thomas Pasatieri is a hilarious tale about an opera diva who's slowly realizing that she may be past her vocal prime. 

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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