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Opening Event for “The Rise and Fall of the French Opera House”

November 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm7:00 pm

The Rise and Fall of the French Opera House

Opening Event for “The Rise and Fall of the French Opera House”

Join us for a lecture recital to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition “The Rise and Fall of the French Opera House (1859-1919).” Special guests from OperaCreole will perform and speak about the role of Creoles in New Orleans opera.

OperaCreole is a nonprofit, award-winning company dedicated to researching and performing lost or rarely performed works by composers of African descent. The company focuses in particular on works by 19th Century New Orleans free composers of color, and toward preserving and promoting Creole language and culture.

About the exhibition:
“The Rise and Fall of the French Opera House” exhibition runs November, 9th through March 2020 in the Gallier House exhibition space.

100 years ago in December of 1919, New Orleans’ French Opera House burned to the ground in the French Quarter. Located at the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse Streets, the French Opera House was one of the most significant structures in New Orleans and arguably North America for musical, cultural, and architectural reasons.

This exhibition will highlight the rise of the French Opera House, which was designed by James Gallier Jr., through imagery and original artifacts. It will also chronicle opera’s heyday in the Crescent City until the building’s tragic demise, which also became a call for historic preservation in a city full of structures worth saving.

Image: H. Tardy Hart, Bourbon Street, 601 block, New Orleans, LA. French Opera, interior, ca. 1918. Ink and watercolor on paper. Louisiana Drawings, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Tulane University Special Collections

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November 9, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


Gallier House
1132 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116 United States
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