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Make an impact!


Classical Music and Opera

belong to everyone!

Our work provides restorative justice for Black composers

who have been left out of history!

See more information on our programs and goals below.

Join the Friends of Dédé Circle 

Become an official monthly Patron to receive special perks! 

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Help us make a difference


Thank you for your donation!


Why Donate?


New Orleans free composer of color Edmond Dede (1827-1903) has waited 138 years to be recognized as the first American-born Black opera composer to complete an operatic work

of a major scale.


In 2025, OperaCréole, in partnership with The Consulate General of France in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.’s Opera Lafayette, will present a three-city World Premiere of his

never-preformed opera:

Morgiane ou Le Sultan d’Ispahan (1887)


Donate $200. or more

or $25 per month

and become

a member of the

"Friends of Dédé" Circle

 You will be acknowledged in the

World Premiere program 

January 23, 2025!


Become a monthly Patron!!

A donation of even $5 per month is indispensable in helping us transcribe 550 pages from handwrititng to printed scores, and produce the opera in New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York.

See our national coverage in Atlas Obscura

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Our Goals

  • Presentation of the never performed  "Le Sultan d'Ispahan by N.O. Free composeer of color, Edmond Dédé

  • New works by living African American opera composers

  • Summer Artist Residencies

  • In-school education programs

  • Office/costume and prop storage space

  • Internship programs

  • State-wide tours

  • National and international travel

  • Book publishing

  • CD production and distribution

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