As One 2018
February 9th through February 11th, 2018
A story about identity, authenticity and compassion
A chamber opera for two voices and String Quartet
Music & Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
By Arrangement with Bill Holab Music
As One was commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects (AOP)
A story about identity, authenticity and compassion. Two voices — Hannah before and Hannah after — share the journey of a sole transgender protagonist as she strives to reconcile the discord between herself and the outside world. With empathy and humor, we experience Hannah’s youthful challenges in a small town, her struggles with family, her discovery of the larger trans community, and her inspiring quest to find her one true self. Based in part on the life of acclaimed filmmaker Kimberly Reed, As One’s rich libretto and evocative melodies make for an unforgettable theater experience.
As One is “everything that we hope for in contemporary opera: topical, poignant, daring, and beautifully written.” — New York Classical Review
“As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy … [with] winning humor and a satisfying emotional arc.” — The New York Times
Intended to foster conversations within the Anchorage community, we invite you to linger afterwards for a Talk-Back discussion about the social issues raised by the work.
As One is presented by Anchorage Opera.