Patrick Quigley ’96 Conducts Historic Opera, “Morgiane”

Posted February 26, 2024 / Last updated March 8, 2024

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Patrick Dupre Quigley (Photo courtesy of Dario Acosto)

Patrick Quigley ’96 is set to lead a historic moment in the world of opera. Through his association with OperaCreole in New Orleans and Opera Lafayette in Washington D.C. and New York City, Quigley will conduct the world premiere of “Morgiane,” an opera composed by Edmond Dédé.

This significant work was written 137 years ago but has never been performed until now. Dédé, a pioneering Black American composer and conductor born in New Orleans in 1827, studied in Paris and held a prominent position at the Alcazar Theater in Bordeaux, France, for nearly four decades. His opera “Morgiane” holds the distinction of being the earliest-known opera by a Black American.

The premiere of “Morgiane” will take place in three cities—New Orleans, Washington D.C., and New York—marking a seminal event in the cultural history of opera.

Quigley, a distinguished alumnus of Jesuit, will not only conduct these performances but also oversee the recording of the world premiere, ensuring that this long-overlooked masterpiece is preserved for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

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