New Orleans operastad i Louisiana
New Orleans, amerikanskt uttal: /nuːɔrˈliːnz/ är den största staden i delstaten Louisiana i USA. Staden är belägen vid Mississippifloden, tio mil uppströms från dess mynning i Mexikanska golfen.
The city is named after the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent for Louis XV from 1715 to 1723, as it was established by French colonists and strongly influenced by their European culture. It is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras, dating to French colonial times. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” in the United States.
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The city and Orleans Parish (French: paroisse d’Orléans) are coterminous. The city and parish are bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south, and Jefferson to the south and west. Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
Before Hurricane Katrina, Orleans Parish was the most populous parish in Louisiana. It now ranks third in population, trailing neighboring Jefferson Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish.
Operahouses in New Orleans
I slutet av 1700-talet och 1800-talets första hälft fanns flera konkurrerande operahus. New Orleans franska opera, som öppnades 1859, ansågs i många år vara en av USA:s ledande scener, men den brann ned till grunden 1919.
En rad världsberömda sångare som Adelina Patti och Julie Calvé uppträdde där, och åtskilliga operor fick sin amerikanska premiär i New Orleans.
1943 grundades National Opera House Association som 1973 flyttade in i National Opera Theatre for the Performing Arts