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Treemonisha

20 May – 24 Jun 2023

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 a new prologue and epilogue 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

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

Language
Performed in English with projected English supertitles

Accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Cast & Creative Team

Damien Sneed

Composer of Expanded Edition

Karen Chilton

Librettist of Expanded Edition

George Manahan

Conductor

Charlotte Brathwaite

Stage Director

Justin Austin

Scott Joplin / Remus

Brandie Sutton

Freddie Alexander / Treemonisha

Tichina Vaughn

Monisha

Norman Garrett

Ned

Leadership support for Treemonisha comes from the Whitaker Foundation. The production received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Fund