Saturday, May 4, 2019

OperaCréole to perform in Washington D.C. Area 4 PM Saturday, June 1


Hello friends and supporters,

We are excited to announce that OperaCréole will be performing in the Washington, D.C. area on June 1, 2019!

Please tell anyone you know in the area to come out to see us.

The historic Publick Playhouse is  just across the bridge from downtown D.C.

In partnership with CAAPA, (The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts) based in D.C., and sponsored in part by New Orleans Opera (through an Innovation Grant from Opera America), we will be presenting scenes from our original Gambit Classical Arts Awards winning opera: Les Lions de la Reconstruction (The Lions of Reconstruction): From Black Codes to The Ballot Box!
It tells the story of 19th Century New Orleans free people of color, and the petition they hand delivered to President Lincoln.
We will also present folk and slave songs in Louisiana Creole.

CAAPA will also present The Malcolm X Drummers and Dance, and of course, the program will close with a Second Line!

The cast traveling with us are:
(Full bios at
Richard Hobson, Metropolitan Opera baritone, as Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez
Ivan Griffin, bass-baritone (just seen in NOOA's Rigoletto) as Rodolphe Desdunes and Edmond Dédé
Tyrone Chambers, tenor (Artist in Residence, Frankfurt, Germany) as Basile Bares 
Ashley Renee Watkins, soprano (Lincoln Center Teaching Artist) covering Mother Juliette Gaudin, co- founder, Sisters of Holy Family, and Sylvie Leflet Dédé
Jonathan Parham, tenor, as Samuel Snaër
Valencia Pleasant, mezzo-soprano, as Madame Trevigne
Micah Turner, bass, as Captain Andre Cailloux, and Babba
Ashalen Sims, collaborative pianist
And of course
OperaCréole Founders:
Givonna Joseph, as Sr. Josephine Charles and Zizi
Aria Mason, as Sr. Chloe Preval and Mlle. Georges

Video Excerpts of Les Lions de la Reconstruction are at:  

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