Kathryn Frady is the Executive Artistic Director and Founder of Marble City Opera. The company’s mission is to cultivate a new following for opera by producing authentic, thought provoking, and innovative performances of contemporary and traditional works utilizing found spaces and other non-traditional venues thereby creating a more intimate and accessible atmosphere for its audience. 


With Marble City Opera Kathryn has envisioned and brought to life 26 fully staged productions since 2013; including nine premieres, and three in the works. In 2016 Kathryn was named one of ten Women in Knoxville who make a difference by The Knoxville Mercury. Since 2013 Marble City Opera as won the most memorable opera performance of Knoxville on several occassions; in 2014 for the World Premiere of Amelia Lost, in 2017 for their production of La Traviata, and in 2019 for their production of Suor Angelica. Marble City Opera continues to receive outstanding reviews and is reaching a new and growing audience. 


Kathryn has a BM and MM in Opera from the University of North Texas.


"Theater, after all, is still theater--and theatrical Knoxville needs Marble City Opera as an essential segment of that scene."

 -Arts Knoxville 2014