Jose Contreras’s copy, with his ownership signature on the front flyleaf, and his musical annotations in red pencil throughout. Frank Corsaro’s production of Treemonisha, with Schuller’s orchestration and musical supervision, was performed at The Palace Theatre in New York City in December 1975, with Kathleen Battle in the starring role, and with Schuller and Contreras conducting. Treemonisha was Joplin’s second opera, which he tried unsuccessfully to stage during his lifetime, and which remained undiscovered for decades after his death, until the 1970s when Gunter Schuller resurrected it. It was first performed in a full-scale production directed by Frank Corsaro and conducted by Gunther Schuller, who provided the arrangements and the scoring, at the Houston Grand Opera in 1975, with a cast that included Carmen Balthrop, Betty Allen, Curtis Rayam, and Willard White. In reviewing the Houston Grand Opera recording, Ted Libbey called Treemonisha "a lively mix of ragtime, minstrel show, vaudeville, grand opera, Wagner, Verdi, and Offenbach, with lots of dancing, a big role for the chorus, and arias and ensembles of affecting simplicity and beauty." A program for this production is included Folio, 11 x 14 ¼ inches, 173 pages, original burgundy cloth (Inventory #: 23141)
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