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Sometimes out of the deepest tragedy springs the greatest hope. Embark on a life-affirming journey of love and creativity in Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha, re-imagined with two new acts by composer Damien Sneed and librettist Karen Chilton. As Joplin celebrates his wedding to his new bride, Freddie Alexander, he is inspired to write a masterpiece — with Freddie as his muse. His heroine will be called Treemonisha, and she will lead her community into a bright and bountiful future of education, opportunity, and prosperity.  


Although Treemonisha was published in 1911, Joplin never lived to see a fully realized stage production. However, the legacy of his artistry only continued to grow through his final years and following his death. In 1976, Joplin posthumously received the Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to American music. This new edition of Treemonisha celebrates the strength, beauty, and wisdom of Black women and brings back to light a forgotten figure of history — Freddie Alexander Joplin.  

Event information

Loretto-Hilton Center
130 Edgar Road,
St. Louis, MO 63119

Performed in English with projected English supertitles

Accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Running Time

2 hours and 30 minutes (including one 25-minute intermission)

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Creative Team

Damien Sneed

Composer of Expanded Edition

Karen Chilton

Librettist of Expanded Edition

George Manahan


Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj

Stage Director

Marsha Ginsberg

Set Designer

Dede Ayite

Costume Designer

Marcus Doshi

Lighting Designer

Krystal Balleza

Wig Designer

Will Vicari

Makeup Designer

Maleek Washington


Andrew Whitfield

Chorus Master

Erie Mills

English Diction Specialist

Darwin Aquino

Assistant & Cover Conductor

Eric Sedgwick



Justin Austin

Scott Joplin / Remus

Freddie Alexander / Treemonisha

Tichina Vaughn


Phillip Bullock


Norman Garrett


Amani Cole-Felder

Lovie Alexander / Lucy

Jeremiah Tyson


Shavon Lloyd


Markel Reed

Parson Alltalk

Yazid Gray


Namarea Randolph-Yosea


Camron Gray

A Foreman

Leadership support for Treemonisha comes from Noémi K. Neidorff and the Whitaker Foundation.  

Made possible in part by the Fred M. Saigh Endowment at Opera Theatre and the Sally S. Levy Family Fund for New Works 

Major production support comes from Tim & Robin Wentworth. The production received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Fund. The commission is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.