Have You Ever Wondered How Opera Has Been Around For Over 400 Years? Why And What Makes It Compelling?

The ALLONS! Series is New Orleans Opera’s online (Zoom) adult education series. These informal “lectures” are a great way to learn about critical operatic subjects from the comfort of your own home. ALLONS! Lectures are an opportune time to interact with experts in the field and ask questions. Grab your favorite beverage and tune in!

A FREE Lecture Series on ZOOM


August 25, 2022, at 7:00 PM

Building a Community:

A History of Free People of Color in New Orleans.


Dr. Libby Neidenbach, Ph.D. & Jari Honora, both from The Historic New Orleans Collection

Episode Synopsis: On the eve of the Civil War, New Orleans was an anomaly—at once home to the largest slave market in the nation and the country’s most prominent free Black community. Using objects from the collection, this talk explores the lives of French-speaking free people of color and their community’s significant impact on New Orleans from the city’s founding to the end of the nineteenth century.

Register Here for this FREE Lecture on Zoom:

Please sign up to attend this ALLONS lecture. You will receive the log in information a few hours before the event. Please check your email junk folder if you do not see it by 3PM on August 25th. Thank you!

Questions? Please email Dr. Tara A. Melvin at