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.
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Make an impact!
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
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!
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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.
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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
National and international travel
CD production and distribution