Thursday, May 26, 2011
[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!”
Founder, Director, OperaCréole