Marble City Opera

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.

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.

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