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Aria M. Mason

Co-founder | Production Director |

Mezzo- soprano

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Ms. Aria Mason is the co-founder and production director of OperaCréole.

 

Her vision and work have recently been covered in Atlas Obscura magazine
and 
NBC Nightly News.

Her vision and accomplishments have also been captured in interviews on NPR in

The New Yorker and Scalawag magazines

Her work as production director and performer earned Opera Créole three nominations and two awards from New Orleans' "Tribute to the Classical Artis Awards" and "The Big Easy Awards" plus national recognition from  Southern Living Magazine (Southerners of the Year 2017), and the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA)

 

The mezzo-soprano sang the role Rosalia in our award-winning 2017  American premiere of La Flamenca. (1903).

She sang the leading role of Madame DiNoyan in the New Orleans premiere of William Grant Still's Minette Fontaine.

Ms. Mason has also been featured on "Le Grand Tour," a documentary for French TV,

In 2006, she sang before President Clinton on C-Span in a memorial service for his Aide, Eli Segal.

Her voice has been seen and heard on EWTN, WLAE-TV, and WWL-TV, and has performed in Boston; New York; Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy; in addition to her native city of New Orleans and locales in the Gulf Coast:

The mezzo-soprano is a member of the nationally acclaimed New Orleans Opera Chorus and was  featured in the role of Annie in the 2010 production of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess." She previously served as choral director and director of music ministry at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

Ms. Mason graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she studied voice with Regina McConnell. She received bachelor's degrees in history and music and received the Student Activities Award. At CUA, she was featured in the role of Second Lady in Die Zauberflote and productions of La Traviata and The Tender Land. She is also an alumna of Benjamin Franklin High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. She has been a featured soloist in works by Mozart and Bach at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, King of France in New Orleans, and has been featured in concerts and recitals around the Gulf South.

Aria has continued to show her commitment to the renaissance of the New Orleans community. Through her work on the inaugural faculty at Morris Jeff Community School (and past service as a founding member of City Year Louisiana and as the New Orleans Outreach Coordinator at S.J. Green and Arthur Ashe Charter Schools), she has demonstrated her commitment to work toward providing more significant opportunities for success for the next generation of New Orleanians. She also owns an online boutique, Belle Lafaye: Creations by Aria. 

Aria is the Granddaughter of Civil rights icon Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr.

 She is the godmother of RV Gilbert Mason, a Marine Research Vessel that LUMCON is building in his name.  She spoke at the Keel Laying.

She is married to her high school beau, Henri Folse, and is the mother of a beautiful daughter named Amara.

Listen to audio clips of Ms. Mason at http://www.ariamason.com.

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