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Marble City Opera celebrates new performance, fourth birthday

Kelly Norrell
Features columnist

Marble City Opera has new reasons to celebrate.

The city’s chamber opera company that performs mostly in small, innovative spaces is about to unveil a new production. “The Stronger,” a one-act opera about two women who spar in a tavern, will be at Holly’s Gourmet Market, 5107 Kingston Pike, May 18-19. Seating for a special dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., and the performance that features sopranos Julia Metry and Denisha Miller will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, with dinner separate.

And, Marble City Opera is about to turn four years old. The feisty startup company that began in 2013 as a way to make opera more accessible celebrates a birthday in late May. It has a solid track record in Knoxville, under artistic director, co-founder and singer Kathryn Frady and new general director Brandon Gibson. It has staged sold-out productions of “La Traviata,” “Chocolate and Wine,” “Amal and the Night Visitors,” “Sweets by Kate” and many more in creative venues like bars, historic homes, churches and other spaces that match the story setting.

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Kitchen 919 to replace The Orangery

Kelly Norrell
Features columnist

Kitchen 919, a restaurant that celebrates Knoxville’s southern foothills cuisine, will soon launch at the 5412 Kingston Pike building once occupied by The Orangery, which closed last June.

Knoxville chef Deron Little, proprietor, said the name of the new restaurant reflects everyone’s favorite part of home and the ZIP code of the neighborhood. The proprietor of Seasons Innovative Bar and Grill, Little and his son, Drake Little, will run Kitchen 919.

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