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250 Years of History:
Operatic Composers of African Descent

Opera and classical music in New Orleans and around the world has always included the contributions of people 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. This history has been lost for too long! Now is the time for young people to learn about all of their history. OperaCréole singers Givonna Joseph, Aria Mason, Vickie Thomas, Tyrone Chambers, Crystal Morris, and Brandon Richardson are international and regional soloists, and artist educators. Many of us are also members of the professional New Orleans Opera Chorus, and have performed solo roles with the company.

Artist

OperaCréole

Cost

Single: $350 | Double: $520

Technical Needs

This program requires an LCD projector, a screen, and a microphone.

Study Guide

No study guide is currently available online for this performance offering

About OperaCréole

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.

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Audience for this Offering

Grade Level/s

4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade
 

Curriculum/s

African American Studies
Louisiana Culture
Social Studies

Art Genre/s

Music

Format/s

Performance
 
   
 
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