Opera and classical music in New Orleans and around the world have always included the contributions of persons of color. The 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. This is true for many people of African descent around the world.
Founded by mezzo-soprano Givonna Joseph, OperaCréole is dedicated to educating students, and sharing with the community the contributions of our people to this musical art form.
Current OperaCréole singers Givonna Joseph, Aria Mason, Valerie Jones Francis, Tyrone Chambers, Crystal Morris, and Brandon Richardson are professional artists who live in or are from New Orleans, "The First City of Opera"!
They are international and regional soloists, and artist educators. Many are also members of the professional New Orleans Opera Chorus, and have performed roles with the company.
OperaCréole singers were recently featured in New Orleans Opera's production of Porgy and Bess, October 15-17, 2010.