2011 Salon // Opera Creole Highlight 3

June 8th, 2011

The first opera eve performed in the United States was “Sylvain” by Gretry, and it was performed here in New Orleans in 1797.

From that point on, opera was a part of every day life. Whether you were a slave or free person of color, you attended the opera.

Les Gens de Couleur Libres, (Free people of color) played a great role in the orchestras of the opera houses, and concert halls. They were musicians, and composers . The first independent orchestra was formed by 100 free men of color and a few whites in 1840.

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