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 company is dedicated to researching and performing lost or rarely performed music, and sharing with the community the contributions of our people to this musical art form, in New Orleans, and around the world.
Singers who have been on our roster
Photo 1 from left to right: Crystal Morris, Valerie Jones Francis, Ebonee Davis, Tyrone Chambers, Aria Mason, , Brandon Richardson, founder Givonna Joseph, and Ivan Griffin.
Photo 2, from left to right: Prentiss Mouton, Aria Mason, Givonna Joseph, and Dr. Wilfred Delphin, our founding pianistOperaCréole'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