A chamber opera for two voices and string quartet
Featuring two casts:
Briana Elyse Hunter, mezzo-soprano & Jorell Williams, baritone
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano & Michael Kelly, baritone
Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Film by Kimberly Reed
Stage Director: Matt Gray
Music Director: Steven Osgood
Andrea Shultz & Yana Goichman, violin
Daniel Panner, viola
Mark Shuman, cello
"As One challenges us to ponder questions of authenticity, identity, compassion, and self-love"
- The Chicago Tribune
Two voices share the role of the sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, in this moving and often funny story that follows her journey to self truth. With empathy and humor, As One traces Hannah’s experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway, where she is surprised at what she learns about herself. Two rotating casts emphasize diversity and the universal nature of its story.
Since its 2014 Brooklyn premiere by American Opera Projects, As One has become the most performed opera in the U.S. and Canada written in the 21st century. Kaufman Music Center is proud to bring As One back to New York in a new co-production with Americal Opera Projects and New York City Opera that joins the citywide celebrations that mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and a half-century of LGBTQ+ liberation and features.
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As One was commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects in part with funds from OPERA America's Opera Discovery Grants for Female Composers Program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works. By arrangement with Bill Holab Music.