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Zippy Ragtime, Nasty Sorcerers Enliven ‘Treemonisha’ in Paris

Overcoming deep-seated prejudices and tired of “faith-based” politics, the people elect an enlightened African-American as its leader. I’m referring to “Treemonisha,” Scott Joplin’s only surviving opera.

Some 100 years after it was composed, the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris has mounted the work for the first time in France, slyly hinting at recent political events in the U.S.