Alumni Success: Givonna Joseph '80

As Founder and Artistic Director of OperaCréole, Ms. Joseph is deeply committed to the culture of New Orleans, city of her birth. This is most evident in her research on 19th Century classical music of New Orleans Free People of Color. 

The mezzo-soprano’s research was recently covered by The New Yorker, and NPR. She was one of 5 finalists in the Arts-Based Business Pitch at the 2017 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), and previously as a "Standard Bearer " of Louisiana culture by being featured on "Le Grand Tour" a documentary for French TV, and with a radio interview on WWNO Radio.

In addition to mounting OperaCréole productions, Ms. Joseph sang the role of Leonor in their 2017 production of Lucien Lambert’s La Flamenca, Marie Laveau, in their 2015 production of William Grant Still’s Minette Fontaine, and Gudrun in their 2012 production of Samuel Coleridge Taylor's lost opera Thelma. On the anniversary of Katrina, she was heard in the role of Sylvia in a production of Wading Home, An Opera of New Orleans written by Mary Alice Rich and Rosalyn Story of Dallas, Texas. Ms. Joseph was alto soloist for Messiah with Symphony Chorus of New Orleans at the Orpheum Theater. 

Givonna has had featured roles in many New Orleans Opera productions. Roles include Lily in both productions of their Porgy and Bess. She also does educational outreach for the company via their MetroPelican Opera program. She has been a member of their opera chorus for many years. The Teaching Artist is also a member of New Orleans Opera’s Advisory Board, and on the Board of Alliance Française.

Ms. Joseph who studied voice with Loyola professors Charles Paddock, and the Frohnmayers, has performed in Europe at The American Church in Paris in Paris, France and La Chiesa di Santa Susanna in Rome, Italy. She has also been heard in Houston Grand Opera’s Chorus. She was most honored to be a cantor for Saint Teresa of Calcutta's New Orleans visit. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Givonna was Music Director at St. Rose of Lima Church, and Director of Education for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

On behalf of the Office of Alumni Engagement and Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association, we congratulate Givonna Joseph on her incredible accomplishments thus far and continue to support her greatly in her successful journey.

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