Ms. Givonna Joseph is deeply committed to the culture of New Orleans, city of her birth.This is most evident in her concerts featuring the 19th Century classical music of New Orleans Free People of Color.
The mezzo-soprano, Founder and Director of award nominated OperaCréole, was recently honored as a standard bearer for Louisiana culture with a profile interview on WWNO Radio/NPR.
In 2011 Ms. Joseph reprised her role as "Lily" in "Porgy and Bess" with New Orleans Opera last fall. She was previously heard as one of the three "Abati" in New Orleans Opera's "Manon Lescaut", and is a member of the professional chorus.
In addition to performing , the multifaceted award winning artist is a private vocal instructor, a Master Teaching Artist with Young Audiences of Louisiana, a teaching artist with New Orleans Opera's "MetroPelican" program, a writer, and public speaker.
Ms. Joseph has performed in concert at such venues as The American Church In Paris in Paris, France and La Chiesa di Santa Susanna in Rome, Italy. She has been a soloist with the William Grant Still Orchestra, the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, and as a cantor for Blessed Teresa of Calcutta's New Orleans visit. In the 2006-2007 season, she was a chorister with Houston Grand Opera . The creator of "WomanSong", a one woman show, she was also heard as an opening artist for Ray Charles in Concert at Jones Hall in Houston, TX.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Givonna served as Music Director/Cantor at St. Rose of Lima Church, and Director of Education for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has been the cantor at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on St. Charles Avenue, and at many other churches around the city.
Ms. Joseph, a Loyola University alumna, has studied with Charles Paddock, Philip and Ellen Frohnmayer, George Shirley (Metropolitan Opera, University of Michigan), Patricia O'Neill (LSU), and Kathleen Kaun (Rice University).
The arts advocate is also a member of LA Creole (Louisiana Creole Research Association) and member of American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), and The Louisiana Touring Directory
To listen to Ms. Joseph's most recent interview on WWNO Radio go to the Pres/Media page
Ms. Joseph also writes about the opera scene on Examiner.com
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