Jack Belsom, archivist for the New Orleans Opera Association since 1974, will present “A History of the New Orleans Opera and the Associated Genealogical Research” at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Belsom is the author of “Opera in New Orleans,” which was published in 1993. According to Belsom, the date of the very first staging of opera in the Crescent City cannot be firmly established and seems forever lost to music historians. But, it can safely be stated that since 1796, in the final decade of the Spanish colonial era, New Orleans has had operatic performances on almost a yearly basis.
This event is part of the meeting of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans.