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The premier opera company bringing history to life in New Orleans

OperaCréole Givonna Joseph and Aria Mason, Founders



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Nominations for The Classical Arts Awards

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 4 March, 2018 at 14:20 Comments comments (1054)

We are happy to announce OperaCréole’s

wonderful news!

24th Annual Tribute To

The Classical Arts

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 11 am – 2 pm

The Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street

Produced by Big Easy Entertainment Awards to benefit

The Foundation for Entertainment Development & Education (FEDE)


You Have Been Nominated For The Following Award(s):

Best Mixed Scale Opera Performance

Opera Creole – Givonna Joseph, Director Maxim Samarov, Conductor


Marigny Opera House

Opera Creole & Cripple Creek Theatre Company – Emilie Whelan, Director Francis Scully, Conductor


The Music Box Village

Thanks to Gambit, and all our outstanding singers, musicians- especially Dr. Wilfred Delphin, our founding pianist, set, costume, and community partners for making this work come to life! 

See all the nominees in Gambit newspaper in the stands today, and at

Send us lots of luck!

About La Flamenca

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 28 May, 2017 at 2:40 Comments comments (805)

OperaCréole Presents: La Flamenca


About La Flamenca

Set in 19th-century Cuba, the opera tells the story of a Creole songstress, her troubled love for a Spanish military officer, and her dramatic struggles in the conflict for Cuba’s independence.

OperaCréole’s production team will include

Givonna Joseph, Artistic Director and Stage Director

Maxim Samarov, Conductor

Dr. Wilfred Delphin, Pianist

Choreographer: Maritza Mercado-Narcisse


La Flamenca: Kenya Lawrence Jackson

Torres: Tyrone Chambers

Truxillo: Christian Patterson

Jackson: Terrance Borwn

Tampico: Evan Hammond

Piquita: Ebonee Davis

Rosalia: Aria Mason

Leonor: Givonna Joseph 

Morelos: Barry Robinson 

Mazaquil: Tyrone Hayes


Waitress and singer, Candace Bolden

Boy Messenger: Wallace "Trey" Jackson,III

Our composer

La Flamenca (1903) was written by Lucien Lambert, a composer of New Orleans Creole heritage, and a student of the great Jules Massenet. Produced to acclaim in Paris, the opera has never been performed in its entirety in America. We intend to bring the work to life on the stage of the Marigny Opera House in May, 2017.

This will be OperaCréole’s second major production. In October, 2015 the group presented William Grant Still’s masterwork, Minette Fontaine at the Marigny Opera House; it was only the second time this opera was ever performed.

OperaCréole finalist in NOEW

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 20 April, 2017 at 1:00 Comments comments (47)

OperaCréole was one of 5 Finalists in the Arts-Based Business Pitch

in the 2017 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

We are in line to win over $40K in cash prizes.

Our Founder represented us at the event held at The Contemporary Art Center in March.


OperaCréole Honored by the New Orleans Black Chorale

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 23 February, 2015 at 17:30 Comments comments (59)

On Sunday February 22, 2015, OperaCréole was honored for our contribution to the Arts Community in New Orleans.

It was a wonderful evening at Xavier University.

Each member received a medallion and our Founder received the award.

photo by Vickie Thomas

OperaCréole sings to open the first slavery museum in the country.

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 24 December, 2014 at 11:55 Comments comments (40)

On Dec, 7, 2014, OperaCréole was honored to sing for the opening of the first plantation dedicated to the memory of slaves. See the Africlassical Blog post.

Video will be uploaded soon.

OperaCreole performs scenes from "Treemonisha" at The Historic New Orleans Collection

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 14 April, 2013 at 1:35 Comments comments (345)

Opera Creole sings to a sold out house....with a waiting list!. The music was part of the annual THNOC Bill Russell Lecture series.

Left to right: Walter Harris, Narrator, Samuel Legeion, pianist from France, and Opera Creole singers with our pianist WIlfred Delphin far right.

OperaCreole appeared on WYES "Steppin' Out"

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 3 December, 2012 at 14:40 Comments comments (65)






OperaCreole appeared on WYES "Steppin' Out"

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 3 December, 2012 at 14:40 Comments comments (40)






OperaCreole presents "Thelma"

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 18 September, 2012 at 0:35 Comments comments (7980)



A celebration of Afro-British composer

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor


On the centennial ofhis death

with scenes from hislong lost opera,


and scenes from

Scott Joplin's


With special Guests

The BlackChorale  

Sunday,September 23, 2012


Trinity Artist Series,

Trinity Episcopal Church

1329 Jackson Avenue, NewOrleans. LA

Admission is free                                                                





OperaCreole founder honored with interview on WWNO Radio "Music Inside Out"

Posted by Givonna Joseph on 31 July, 2012 at 20:20 Comments comments (275)

Ms Joseph, founder, was honored with an in-depth interview on WWNO Radio on July 19th.

It was a fun show with Gwen Thompkins, a great interviewer! The show will focus on people they feel are the "standard bearers" for New Orleans culture.

The replay is available at


Music Inside Out with Givonna Joseph and OperaCréole | WWNO