Composer Michael Ching's blog, pondering music, opera, and where and how it fits in, particularly in the regions.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Joplin and Lottie
In the overture to our new version of TREEMONISHA, Scott Joplin is a character in the show. The overture is now a scene set in 1917 and summarizes the last part of Joplin's life--failed pitch meetings with producers, depression and illness. Here Stage Director Ellen Schlaefer is staging Joplin (Jonathan Tuzo) being comforted by his girlfriend/wife Lottie (Anita Johnson).