Monday, April 25, 2011

Boston Globe: “Historic Opera 'Treemonisha' to be presented at Roxbury Center for Arts”

Posted by Matt Rocheleau
April 25, 2011 09:00 AM
By Staff
“Considered the first grand opera written by an African-American composer, Scott Joplin's Treemonisha will be presented at the Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall the last weekend in April. The performances from April 29 through May 1 are a collaborative effort of the arts center, Mssng Lnks and Opera Boston. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday's begins at 3 p.m.

“Completed in 1910 by Joplin, who was also know as the 'King of Ragtime,' Treemonisha was not fully staged until 1972 - more than five decades after Joplin's death. 'The musical styles speak directly to modern audiences—from heartfelt arias to rousing ragtime choruses,' said an announcement from the arts center. 'This production of Treemonisha is the Boston premiere of the opera.'

“Principal roles will be played by four professional singers and two aspiring professionals.” “The ensemble members range in age from 13 to 21. The average is 16 years old.” “Students were chosen 'not only for their vocal skills, but also for their willingness to commit to the project, work hard and take artistic risks," event officials said. "For many it is their first time participating in a staged production." “Mssng Lnks Founder, Sam Martinborough is the production's Stage Director.” “For more information visit or call Dillon Bustin at 617-849-6322.” [Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a Ragtime and Classical composer who is profiled at]

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