Perhaps exhausted by the constant losses, local operas took a hiatus and touring opera troupes kept the music alive until the New Orleans Opera Association was formed in 1943. The 2017-2018 season is the 75th anniversary of their work (minus the suspended season that came as a result of Hurricane Katrina).
OperaCréole, founded in 2011 by mezzo-sopranos Giovanna Joseph and daughter, Aria Mason, research and perform the works of composers of African descent. The group’s 2017 Marigny Opera House performance of “La Flamenco,” an opera written by the son of a black Louisiana musician who emigrated to France, marked the first time the piece had been performed since it’s 1903 debut in Paris.
Maybe because of the fated history of opera buildings or maybe just because it’s New Orleans, opera performances aren’t simply confined to the city’s theaters. That corner of Bourbon and Toulouse where the French Opera House used to be? It’s now a Four Points by Sheraton where homage is paid to its history the second Wednesday of every month with free performances by Bon Operatit!, a group of classical singers, in the hotel’s Puccini Bar (Puccini is the Italian composer famous for operatic familiars like “La Boheme” and “Madame Butterfly”). Opera on Tap, an outreach of the New Orleans Opera Association, brings short performances to local bars on a weekly basis.