Marble City Opera’s site-specific performances in Vonore and Oak Ridge of IL TABARRO by Puccini

(KNOXVILLE, TN) Marble City Opera will present two site-specific performances of Il Tabarro by renowned composer Giacomo Puccini on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2024. Saturday, June 22 performance will be at the Port of Tellico, 280 Tellico Port Road, Vonore, TN. The Sunday, June 23 performance will be at Melton Lake Park, 697 Melton Lake Drive, Oak Ridge, TN. 

Both performances will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Il Tabarro is a one-act opera that runs for about an hour. It is one of the three Puccini operas collectively known as “Il trittico.” 

Tickets to Il Tabarro are available at  General admission tickets are $40 each. VIP tickets are $50 each. VIP tickets include a pre-show reception with refreshments. 

In advance of the site-specific staged performances, Marble City Opera will present a concert version of Il Tabarro aboard the Star of Knoxville riverboat on Thursday, June 13, 2024. Cruise tickets are $75 each and include a pasta bar and tea. There is also a cash bar on the ship.

The story of Il Tabarro takes place in the 1910s aboard a barge anchored on the bank of the Seine River in Paris. Barge captain Michele correctly guesses that his wife Giorgetta is having an affair with one of his barge hands. Michele catches a longshoreman named Luigi on his way to meet Giorgetta late one night and operatic tragedy ensues. 

The singers in the cast of Il Tabarro are Marble City Opera’s Executive Artistic Director Kathryn Frady as Giorgetta; Eddie Brennan as Luigi; Jacob Lassetter as Michele; Chris Plaas as Tinca; Maurice Hendricks as Talpa; Ema Mitrović as La Frugola; Breyon Ewing as the Song Vendor; and Elena Klein as a Lover. The stage director for Il Tabarro is Marya Barry. The orchestra conductor is Andy Anderson. 

Marble City Opera brings world class singers, directors, and conductors to the stage while maintaining a dedication to creating opportunities for local, regional, and emerging artists. Marble City Opera has strong community ties and connections to other organizations, businesses, non-profits, schools, and artists within Knoxville, and the East Tennessee community.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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