5 Kreyol Musicians in 5 Minutes

Happy International Kreyol Day! Kreyol (Creole) history and opera history are inseparable here in New Orleans. With the help of OperaCréole‘s Givonna Joseph, we are shining the spotlight on five musicians of Louisiana Kreyol Heritage. Lenora Lafayette (1926-1975)  Soprano and opera star – Baton RougeLenora Lafayette was the first major opera star of color. She… Continue reading 5 Kreyol Musicians in 5 Minutes

Wood Competition Winner Joins the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Soprano Lindsey Reynolds, 2015 winner of the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition was recently accepted into the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Young Artist Program. Last spring, more than 600 singers applied for consideration with video recordings and, after review, more than 30 were invited to Chicago for live auditions. The Final Auditions were attended… Continue reading Wood Competition Winner Joins the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Dr. Tara A. Melvin Named New Director of Community Partnerships and Education

New Orleans Opera is pleased to welcome Dr. Tara A. Melvin as its new Director of Community Partnerships and Education. Dr. Melvin is a soprano, born and raised in New Orleans. She attended St. Rita School-Uptown, Cabrini High School, and the University of New Orleans, and is a former voice student of LaVergne Monette. Dr.… Continue reading Dr. Tara A. Melvin Named New Director of Community Partnerships and Education

Classroom Projects – Intermediate

Create an Opera Scene from Home! We are replacing our in-class engagements with an engaging program, where the students learn about singing, opera history, and then, they create their own opera scenes at home. We will provide a step by step manual – written at a 6th grade level for accessibility – as well as… Continue reading Classroom Projects – Intermediate

Scenic Songs: Off the Stage

An online concert to enjoy with your classroom. This is a virtual concert created to bring the joy and fun of opera and musical theater from the homes of local artists directly to the students. Most people today are likely familiar with musicals thanks to Disney and Broadway, but we’re willing to bet that the majority… Continue reading Scenic Songs: Off the Stage

Opéra Nouvelle: Mozart and The Garden

SOLD OUT! New Orleans Opera and New Orleans Museum of Art are thrilled to continue our three-year collaborative partnership with the Opéra Nouvelle series. This year’s theme is “Mozart and the Garden.” The first half of this one-hour event is a fantastical journey through Mozart’s greatest hits – Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così… Continue reading Opéra Nouvelle: Mozart and The Garden

Classroom Projects – Beginner

We are replacing our in-class engagements with an engaging program, where the students learn about singing, opera history, and then, they create their own opera scenes at home. We will provide a step by step manual – written at a 6th grade level for accessibility – as well as an accompanied video that leads them… Continue reading Classroom Projects – Beginner

Kenya Lawrence Jackson

Kenya Lawrence Jackson currently serves as the Director of Music and Worship at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Mandeville, LA where her duties include coordinating a large and diverse music program. She conducts the much anticipated, Christmas on the Northshore concerts, showcasing the talents of the 100-voice St. Timothy Choir and the Northshore Orchestra,… Continue reading Kenya Lawrence Jackson

Valerie Anne Jones Francis

Valerie Anne Jones Francis is a native of New Orleans and a proud product of the New Orleans Public School System. She is a 1979 graduate of McDonogh #35 where she studied under the capable tutelage of Mrs. Patricia Sallier Seals. She holds the B.A., M.M., and D.M.A. in Vocal Music Education/Performance from Dillard University,… Continue reading Valerie Anne Jones Francis