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.
130 Edgar Road,
St. Louis, MO 63119
Performed in English with projected English supertitles
Accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
2 hours and 30 minutes (including one 25-minute intermission)
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Composer of Expanded Edition
Librettist of Expanded Edition
Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj
English Diction Specialist
Assistant & Cover Conductor
Scott Joplin / Remus
Brandie Inez Sutton
Freddie Alexander / Treemonisha
Lovie Alexander / Lucy
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.