The Team

Kathryn Frady

Founder & Executive Artistic Director

A passionate advocate and prolific performer, director, and producer of modern operatic repertoire, Frady has worked on the development and premiere of 12 new operas within the last 10 years, as well as directed workshops for Cleveland Opera Theater’s NOW Festival and served as a panelist for MassOpera’s New Opera Workshop. With Marble City Opera, Frady has envisioned and brought to life 26 fully staged productions including 30 operas, and 9 premieres with 3 new premieres in development. In 2016, Frady was named “One of Ten Women Who Make a Difference” by The Knoxville Mercury, and in 2019 was recognized as a “Trailblazer in her Field” by the Step Ahead Foundation of East TN. Frady has a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of North Texas, a Certificate in Executive Women in Leadership from Cornell University, and is currently working on a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate from Cornell, & Fundraising Management Certificate from Boston University. Frady was recently invited to participate in the highly competitive Opera America Leadership Intensive program, and is excited to continue her arts administrative leadership education as a part of the cohort.

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Brandon Gibson

Managing Director

Brandon J. Gibson is an arts administrator and multi-disciplinary creative based in East Tennessee. He is a classically trained dramatic baritone and regularly performs roles in both operas and musicals. He also sings for church services, weddings, and special events and has collaborated with musicians from other genres like jazz, blues, funk, and hip hop on various projects. In addition to his work as a vocalist, he is also a stage actor, a narrator for documentaries, writer and essayist, librettist, and master of ceremonies for concerts, festivals, and fundraisers. The original libretto he penned for the opera "I Can't Breathe" will have its world premiere with Marble City Opera in February 2022. Later productions to follow will be produced by Opera Columbus, Cleveland Opera Theatre, and Pacific Opera Project.

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