Costume design for Bird Creature in Swamp Scene, Act III, scene 1, in Treemonisha

Maker and role
Artist: Franco Colavecchia, American, born England, 1937
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Object detail

Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
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Theatre production
Opera by Scott Joplin. Produced by Houston Grand Opera, 1975.
Further information
Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha received a reading at the Lincoln Theatre in Harlem in 1915, but it was not staged until 1972, at Morehouse College, after the rise of African-American studies and amidst the revival of ragtime. The Houston Grand Opera, conducted by ragtime enthusiast and jazz historian Gunther Schuller, staged Treemonisha in 1975.


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