Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha
A creative team of black women composers and theater artists reimagines Scott Joplin’s visionary opera as a work reborn for our times.
Stanford Live will commission and present the April 2020 world premiere of a reimagining of Scott Joplin’s 1911 opera Treemonisha. The collaborating artists will bring an entirely new libretto and expanded musical language to the piece, honoring Joplin’s vision while creating a work reborn for our times. In Treemonisha’s new story, an African-descended community has been split in the aftermath of slavery. One side remained on the plantations, endured slavery, and found solace in the church. Others escaped, and from their forest hiding places, rekindled spiritual practices carried to the Americas from Africa. Treemonisha, part of a plantation community, also ﬂees, into a painful journey toward self-knowledge.Ultimately, she undertakes to mend the torn fabric of her two communities, and for her efforts is elected their leader.
American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) presented by the Morris Museum’s Lot of Strings Festival
Morris Museum - 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ
University of Houston, Moores Opera House & Online
San Antonio Botanical Garden