Opera Southern is the resident opera company of Southern University and A&M College. It bestows on Southern University the unique distinction of being the only HBCU in America with its own opera company. The goal of Opera Southern is to provide talented students with the rare opportunity to further develop their talents as they work beside and learn from seasoned professionals in the field of opera. Artists come from all parts of the United States including Baton Rouge, New York, New Orleans, North Carolina, and Connecticut. Opera Southern plans to stage new works such as Emmett Till, Imitation of Life, and Harriet Tubman as well as classics like Rigoletto, rethought and set in Afrocentric locations such as Haiti or Atlanta, Georgia.