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Classical Music and Opera belong to everyone!

Our work provides restorative justice for Black composers

who have been left out of history!

See more information on our programs and goals below.

Join the Friends of Dédé Circle 

Become an official monthly Patron to receive special perks! 

Make an impact!



Why Donate?


New Orleans free composer of color Edmond Dede (1827-1903) has waited 138 years to be recognized as the first American-born Black opera composer to complete an operatic work

of a major scale.


In 2024 and 2025, OperaCréole, in partnership with The Consulate General of France in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.’s Opera Lafayette, will present a three-city World Premiere of his

never-preformed opera:

Morgiane ou Le Sultan d’Ispahan (1887)


Donate $200. or more and become

a member of the

"Friends of Dédé" Circle

 You will be acknowledged in the

World Premiere program 

November 20, 2024

Orpheum Theater, New Orleans!


Become a monthly Patron!!

A donation of even $5 per month is indispensable in helping us transcribe 550 pages from handwrititng to printed scores, and produce the opera in New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York.

See our national coverage in Atlas Obscura

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Our Goals

  • Presentation of the never performed  "Le Sultan d'Ispahan by N.O. Free composeer of color, Edmond Dédé

  • New works by living African American opera composers

  • Summer Artist Residencies

  • In-school education programs

  • Office/costume and prop storage space

  • Internship programs

  • State-wide tours

  • National and international travel

  • Book publishing

  • CD production and distribution

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