Givonna Joseph, mezzo-soprano


Givonna Joseph, mezzo-soprano
Member of AGMA

(Audio ... Le Serment de L'Arabe by Edmond Dede, 19th Century New Orleans Free Man of Color. Richard Bachand, accompanist. Recorded in Paris)

Opera Roles Performed

Wading Home     Sylvia

Noye's Fludde  Ms. Noah'sGossip

Thelma             Gudrun         

"Porgy and Bess"                   Lily                                                        
"Salome"                              Slave                                                     
"The Barber of Seville"           Berta   "La Traviata"                         Annina

La Traviata                                             

Roles Studied            
Carmen and Mercedes,                       "Carmen"
Suzuki,               "Madama Butterfly"
Maddalena,                    "Rigoletto"
Zerlina,                    "Don Giovanni"
Hansel,              "Hansel and Gretel"                   

Recent/Current Engagements

 OperaCréole Concerts


"A Tribute To Marian Anderson"         Concert                                                                                                    


New Orleans Opera Gala                                                                   

LA Creole Conference                             Soloist/Presenter   


Manon Lescaut                                Smail role. An Abati              

Music at Midday                                     
“Le Salon Creole,                            Nouvelle Orleans et Paris”                                    Concert                                                                                                                   

 Prelude and Mass                                                                           Soloist           

Arts Education

Young Audience of New Orleans           Teaching Artist     Louisiana                                                                                                                    

"Celebration In Song"                        Teaching Artist     New Orleans Opera,     Education Programs                                                                                                                


HBO Series "Treme"                                 Extra                 

"The Hungry Rabbit Jumps"        Extra   



"We Shall Not Be Moved"              Soloist                                                                                       


"I Love You Phillip Morris"           Movie sountrack                     



Past Concerts
“In Their Own Voices”                                        
American Slaves Tell Their Story        Lecture/Recital        



FestForAll, Music/Arts Festival          Lecture/Recital        


Prelude Concert and Mass                  Soloist                     


Les Gens de Couleur Libres            Lecture/Recital          Galveston Music Society,                                                                                              
Le Salon Creole;The French Opera House and the Birth of Jazz;                                                   Lecture/Recital    
Composers of African Descent                                                                                                                         Bach Around The Clock                        Soloist                   
’03, This New, Immense, Unbounded World            
Robert Kapilow, composer           
Symphony Chorus of New  Orleans with the Louisiana  Philharmonic Orchestra                                          Soloist/chorister

Opera Tradition in New Orleans         Lecture/Recital                                                                                                                

Republican National Convention        Concert               


NAACP National Convention Gala                              with the William Grant Still Orchestra      Soloist                 
Professional Chorus                            
Houston Grand Opera                                                     
New Orleans Opera Association                                      

CD Hymns for New Orleans                                              2006    
Theater/Special Events/ Non Classical
Cinderella Battistells                     Mother Leroux     


The Wiz                                          Glinda              

"WomanSong: From Slavery to the Senate" 
A One Woman Show                                                     
Ray Charles in Concert                 Opening Act        
Mother Teresa of Calcutta Visit/Mass     Cantor             
Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy                             
Voice Teachers                                        
Kathleen Kaun, Rice University             Patricia O’Neil, LSU                              George Shirley, Metropolitan Opera   Ellen and Philip Frohnmayer, Loyola
Charles Paddock, Loyola                                         
Carol Rausch, New Olreans Opera
Arts Administrative Positions



Music Director/Team Leader                                                                                       
Development Assistant                                            
Director of Education                                               
Music Director, Choir Director, Cantor  
Music Therapy CLinical Training Director
Louisiana Creole Research Association 2012 

Individual Artist Grant                       Louisiana Cultural Economy                    oundation 2006
Order of St. Louis IX Medallion          Archdiocese of New Orleans                  2004
Individual Artist Grant- for WomanSong                   
Arts Council of Houston 1993

3rd place Winner, Sacred Music category  The Sammy Awards,Houston  1992

Best Director                                      Texas State Schools Music                      Festival 1991







SMU, Dallas production in New Orleans


New Orleans Opera 2013

OperaCreole 2012,2013

                                                                                                 New Orleans Opera Association 2002, 2010

New Orleans Opera Association

N.O. Opera Education Program 

N.O. Opera Education Program










2011- present See    

Shaw Center for the Arts,                                               B.R., LA  May 2010


with Placido Domingo Opera Chorus                              Mahalia  Mahalia Jackson Theater                                                                January, 2009  


Doubletree Hotel,                                                New Orleans.          November 2008


New Orleans Opera,                                              October 2008

Lecture Recital                                                                           Tulane University                                                  October 2008  


The American Church                                           Church In Paris                                                                                             Atelier Concert Series                                                                       Paris, France  June 2008


St. Joseph's, and The Scott's Kirk                                                 Paris, France. June 2008



2007- current


 2008 - current






Feb?March/April2010 3 episoded

Feb 2010

                                                                                                    March 2010        


World Premiere of YouTube video                                                                            Sept.2008 N.O. Museum of Fine Arts,                    


 May 2008






Magnolia Mound Plantation and Old State Capitol Baton Rouge, LA  with Oneal Isaac,  February                                 2007 and 2008



Old State Capitol, B.R.,                                                   LA. 2005-8


La Chiesa di Santa Sussana Rome                                Rome, Italy 2005                                                                      


Galveston, TX. 2005                                                       Joint recital with Jade Simmons, pianist       



"Thursdays at Twilight"                                                 Garden Concert Series. Botanical Gardens,                                                City Park Aug.2007, August 2005;                                                     May 2004; May 2003 


Trinity Artist ConcertSeries.                                               Trinity Episcopal Churc                                                         New Orleans  2002-04 


World Premiere/Louisiana                                        Tour  2003                                                             




The Old U.S  Mint                                                           Louisiana State Museums                                                    2002


Astro Hall, Houston, 1992


 Museum of Fine Arts,                                                          Houston  1991




August 2006-2007

1984-1985; 2002-current








NORD Theater, New Orleans                           ,                     1997 


NORD Theater      LA 1996



Shape Community Center                                                 and Ovations Houston,                                                                                   Texas 1994, Trinity Artist Series   New                                         Orleans, LA; 1998


Jones Hall, Houston, Texas                                                         1986


UNO Lakefront Arena, New                                                         Orleans, LA; 1984



Loyola University New  Orleans,                                               1980                                                                                               Vocal Performance Minor.                                                                                              Board Certified Music Therapist











OperaCreole Ensemble.


Samuel J.Green Charter School                                           August 2008-09   

Houston Symphony- October                                                     2005-November 2006


 Louisiana Philharmonic                                                            Orchestra  2000-2005


St. Rose of Lima Catholic                                                         Church 2000-2005 

Richmond State School, Richmond TX
1985- 1992



Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, May 31 at 3:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, Jun 3 at 3:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, Jun 3 at 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM


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