Scott Joplin Opera Leaps Back to Life” (headline)

 – The San Francisco Chronicle

An opera in three acts performed by
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra & Singers.

Scott Joplin’s operatic masterpiece is an uplifting look at an African-American community’s emergence from slavery into the promise of freedom. Led by a mysterious young woman – Treemonisha – an isolated black community struggles to overcome superstition and violence to embrace a future of self-determination and enlightenment. As the only opera about the “Up from Slavery” experience created by an African-American composer who actually witnessed it, Treemonisha is a priceless cultural treasure. Scott Joplin’s hauntingly beautiful music – inspired by the “field hollers,” spirituals, fiddle tunes, revival hymns, and sensual African dances of his childhood – still speaks powerfully to the hearts of modern audiences. Since 2003 The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Singers has toured this acclaimed and historically correct production of Treemonisha, offered in fully-staged, semi-staged, and concert versions.

“Ragtime and opera joined hands and danced together in the most joyous fashion at Stern Grove on Sunday afternoon, with a vigorous and utterly charming performance of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha…the score, superbly led by conductor Rick Benjamin, is a resourceful marvel…. For this performance Benjamin…unveiled his new arrangement of Treemonisha for the 11-piece Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. That lithe, pungent blend of strings, woodwinds and brass…gave the performance a lively grace that helped fill the sunny meadow to perfection.”

– The San Francisco Chronicle


For information on North American presentation,
please contact the Paragon office:

[email protected]
(570) 524-9511

For information on European, South American, and Far Eastern presentation,
please contact:

[email protected]
+43 (676) 500-9036


Downloadable publicity and press information coming soon!


*NEW* Have an historic American theater? We have an NEA presenting grant! Click here for details: Paragon Live in Historic American Theaters!

To hear a complete broadcast of PRO’s performance of Treemonisha, along with between-act interviews with conductor Rick Benjamin, click here: WWFM’s Sunday Opera show. (Webcast courtesy WWFM The Classical Network)


For information about PRO’s acclaimed Treemonisha cast recording and book, please click here:

PRO Treemonisha recording & book


SCORE RENTALS AVAILABLE: The Paragon’s TREEMONISHA performance scores and materials can be rented for your productions. Please call +1 (570) 524-9511 or e-mail [email protected] for information.





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