Thursday, May 26, 2011

OperaCréole: “We did three scenes from Lucien Lambert's 'La Flamenca' to a standing ovation!”

[Aria Mason (Left) and Givonna Joseph (Right)]

On April 30, 2011 AfriClassical posted: “OperaCréole Debuts May 21 With Music of Edmond Dédé, Lucien Lambert, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges & William Grant Still.” Here are excerpts from a message of thanks received from Givonna Joseph of OperaCréole:

“Dear Mr. Zick,
Thank you again for posting OperaCreole's debut concert on your blog. It was a -standing room only- OperaCréole debut concert on Saturday!!!! So many supporters were there, especially La Creole members, B-Sharp Music Club members, opera community representatives, and a descendant of 19th Century Creole composer Eugene MaCarty and more....

“We did three scenes from Lucien Lambert's 'La Flamenca' to a standing ovation! And we will be adding more for future performances. We have a private event in June, and the next public-and free- concert is Sat. August 20 at the New Orleans Jazz National Park, for a general Creole history in music event. And we have been invited to do a concert at our St. Louis Cathedral next season.

“Our State Senator, Cynthia Willard-Lewis wrote a commendation on the group's debut! I don't think it has been entered into legislation yet, but we will officially be part of Louisiana history when it is!” “Attached is a picture of my daughter, Aria Mason, and me singing 'Belle Nuit' from 'Tales of Hoffmann'. The church, 'St Mary's' has a rich connection to free people of color. Three composers were organists there: Snaer, Lambert, and Bares.” “Thank you again, and many blessings on your and Mr. DeLerma's work!”
Givonna Joseph
Founder, Director, OperaCréole


Maria said...

Wonderful! Keep up the great work!

Maria said...

Wonderful! Keep up the great work!

Marigny said...

I was so sorry I missed the performance of this. A friend of mine (Romel) was in the show. What a fantastic project. I hope it continues for years to come!