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"Treemonisha": from the Pitch to Full-scale Opera

Saturday, August 5, 2017   (0 Comments)

Today, we're highlighting Treemonisha by Toronto-based Volcano Theatre, presented to delegates at the New York Congress last January by Artistic Director, Ross Manson, and Librettist Leah-Simone Bowen. This genre-busting opera project Treemonisha is politically visionary and musically hybrid – drawing on both European classical and black folk traditions, and dealing with issues of education and democracy.

Since the congress, Librettist Leah-Simone Bowen has completed a residency in Stratford, Canada, where she worked on a 2nd draft libretto. Fast forward to January 2018, there will be a full-scale test of the new orchestration and libretto in Toronto! All of this has occurred with the support of a number of in-kind and co-commissioning partnerships developed since the pitch in New York, where the Southbank Centre (UK), Stanford Live, Washington Performing Arts, Canadian Opera Company, and the Banff Centre, joined the project! 

To learn more about Treemonisha visit the office website of Volcano Theatre.


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