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 nominated 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.
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, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Samson et Dalila, Il Trovatore, Salome, and Porgy and Bess. They were recently Artists in Residence at Illinois State University.
Many of us are also members of the AGMA-affiliated 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:
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