OperaCréole: Les Lions de la Reconstruction

The Lions of Reconstruction:

from Black Codes to the Ballot Box

World Premiere of a new One Act Opera written by OperaCréole

A Tricentennial Event

Come experience the story of 19th Century New Orleans free people of color, composers and freedom fighters, who petitioned President Lincoln for the right to vote!

Music of  our free composers of color:

Edmond Dédé

Basile Bares

Charles Lucien Lambert

Samuel Snaer


Arrangements by Tucker Fuller

Additional lyrics and melodies by Givonna Joseph

Also, music by Dr. Marcus St. Julien


Chauncey Packer, as Samuel Snaer

Richard Hobson, as Dr. Louis Charles Roudane

Terrance Brown, as Edmond Dédé

Tyrone Chambers, as Basil Bares

Ivan Griffin, as Rodolphe Desdunes

Kenya Lawrence Jackson, as Mother Juliette Gaudin

Robert Wagner, as Father Claude Paschal Maistre

Jonathan Parham, as Paul Trevigne

Valencia Pleasant, as Madame Trevigne

Kayla Lewis, as Madamoiselle Georges

Micah Turner, as Captainin Andre Cailloux and Babba

Keturah Hearn Turner, as Zizi

Givonna Joseph, as Sister Marie Charles and Nellie Murray

Aria Mason, as Sister Chloe Preval

Joy Meade, as Sylvie Leflet

Special Guests: Zella Palmer, Cree Merriman Jourdain, Jari Honora, Mark Roudanez


Steven Edwards, conductor

Dr. Wilfred Delphin, piano

Lula Elzy, choreography

Givonna Joseph: Stage Director

Aria Mason, Stage Manager


$40. VIP: Includes 6:15 pre- performance lecture by Mark Roudané, 

the great-great grandson of Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez, and Barbara Trevigne, great-great-grandniece of Paul Trevigne. Reserved seating.

$30. General Admission

The event is finished.


Friday Oct 19 2018


General Admission: $30 / V.I.P.: $40
Marigny Opera House


Marigny Opera House
725 St. Ferdinand Street, New Orleans, LA 70117