The premier opera company bringing history to life in New Orleans

Celebrating the African American contribution to Opera in New Orleans!

      About OperaCréole!
OperaCréole Gala saluting operatic and jazz music at the historic Pythian Temple, New Orleans

Classical Arts Awards 2018

Scott Joplin's Treemonisha 2017


Lucien Lambert's La Flamenca 2017

Opera and classical music in New Orleans and around the world have always included the contributions of persons of color. Since the 19th Century, Creoles of New Orleans have made contributions to the music and culture of New Orleans. It is their participation in opera, as well as the music of Africa, Spain, and Haiti that contributed to the birth of jazz.

Our non-profit, award winning company, founded in 2011  by the mother and daughter team of Givonna Joseph and Aria Mason, is dedicated to researching and performing lost or rarely performed works of composers of African descent, and sharing with the community the contributions of our people to this musical art form, in New Orleans, and around the world.

Creole means "native to the place":

OperaCréole's singers are professional artists, educators, and international soloists with roots in New Orleans,"America's "First City of Opera!" Singers with our company have recently been featured in solo roles in New Orleans Opera's productions of Tosca, Noah's Flood, CarmenMadama Butterfly, Samson et Dalila, Il Trovatore, Salome, and Porgy and Bess. They were recently Artists in Residence at Illinois State University. 

Many of us have also been members of the AGMA-affiliated New Orleans Opera Chorus.

The Louisiana Creole Research Association presented OperaCréole in its inaugural concert on May 21, 2011 at the historic St. Mary's Church next to the Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter.   

Some of our venues/contracts:        

  •  Marigny Opera House
  •  Music Box Village
  •  N.O. Jazz and Heritage Festival 
  •  Council of French Societies
  •  Louisiana Creole Research Association
  •  Whitney Plantation/Slavery Museum
  •  French Quarter Festival
  •  Edgar (Dooky) and Leah Chase Foundation
  •  Terrance Blanchard
  •  N.O. Film Festival, "12 Years A Slave" premiere
  •  Arts Council of New Orleans' "Community Arts  Awards"
  •  N.O. Jazz National Historical Park  
  •  Historic New Orleans Collection
  •  Roots of Music Series: Ellis Marsalis Center for Music
  •  University of Illinois     
We present:
  • Major productions of operas by African American and other composers of color
  • Historically themed concert, including Creole Folksongs, and Jazz standards.
  • Fun performances for private corporate events, special events, and conventions
  • Educational presentations for all age groups 

We can tailor the number of singers to fit your budget when needed. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Givonna Joseph, Founder and Director  


 music: "Chere Mo Lemme Toi" from N.O. Jazz and Heritage Festival 2012....OperaCreole


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