AS ONE

With music and concept by Laura Kaminsky, libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, the opera As One was given its premiere by American Opera Projects at the BAM Fisher Theater in September of 2014. The production featured a film by Kimberly Reed, and was universally praised for its honesty and originality.

A rich addition to the repertoire … formidable on all fronts … As One is everything that we hope for in contemporary opera: topical, poignant, daring, and beautifully written.”
– New York Classical Review

“Artistically distinguished, socially important … says so much with relatively modest means.”
– WQXR

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As One, … satisfies in an entertaining and delicately moving way.”
– New York Observer

A piece that haunts and challenges its audience with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace.”
– Opera News

As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy…[with] winning humor and a satisfying emotional arc.”
– The New York Times

“Perfect Boy” from As One [excerpt] from American Opera Projects on Vimeo.

Instrumentation

Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, String Quartet (requires a conductor, who plays a small role in the piece).

Materials

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Licensing

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Opera News Interview with Laura Kaminsky on Premiere of Musical Opera As One

Mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke and Baritone Kelly Markgraf share the role of “Hannah,” the transgender protagonist in “As One”

Kaminsky One of Eight Recipients of Opera America’s Grant for Female Composers

 

“A Christmas Story” [excerpt] from As One from American Opera Projects on Vimeo.

“Out of Nowhere” [excerpt] from As one from American Opera Projects on Vimeo.

Performances

  1. New Orleans Opera, June 2017
  2. Long Beach Opera, May 2017
  3. Opera Colorado, March 2017
  4. Pittsburgh Opera, February 2017
  5. Seattle Opera, November 2016
  6. International Opera Projects, Ballsaal Studio, Berlin Germany, July 2016
  7. UrbanArias, Atlas Center for the Performing Arts, October 2015
  8. West Edge Opera, Oakland Metro Opera House, July-August 2015
  9. Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University, April 2015
  10. World Premiere: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sept. 2014

Press

Denver Post, 2/25/2017

“As One” is the hottest title in opera right now, at least among the titles written in the last 100 years. The musical tale of a transgender woman’s personal evolution is somehow right on time–an accomplished bit of art-making, with considerable entertainment value, that thrusts itself smack into the current political and social discourse.

It’s in Denver this week week. Pittsburgh last. Seattle produced it in November and folks in New Orleans and Los Angeles get to hear it this spring. The chamber piece, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in late 2014, has a rare vitality in a business where new works–including the good ones–have to fight for even a second show.

Opera companies love it. One reason is that it’s relatively inexpensive to present: no chorus, orchestra or big sets. Composer Laura Kaminsky’s creation has just two singers, a string quartet and a couple of temporary screens that show films in the background.

But that’s why audiences seem to like it, too. It’s intimate. All the complaints so frequently lodged against the art form–that it can be distant, formal and out-of-touch, aren’t a factor for “As One.” Nor is length; it clocks in at just 75 minutes.

December 19, 2014 – Excellence in Opera (“Freddie”) Award
Operavore

December 18, 2014Slate
The Uses of “Trans” in Art

October 2, 2014 – GAY CITY NEWS
Opera review: “New Starts”

September 11, 2014 – OUT MAGAZINE
Opera review: “A Transgender Woman’s Operatic Path to Self-Acceptance”

September 10, 2014 – NY OBSERVER
Opera review: “An Emotional Before-and-After Opera of Gender Transformation Premieres at BAM”

September 9, 2014 – Q ON STAGE
Opera review: “Magnificent ‘As One'”

September 9, 2014 – THE FILM EXPERIENCE
Opera review: “Stage Door: ‘As One’ by Kimberly Reed”

September 2014 – OPERA NEWS
Opera review: “As One BROOKLYN American Opera Projects”

September 5, 2014 – THE NEW YORK TIMES
Opera review: “The Arc of a Transgender Life”

September 5, 2014 – NEW YORK CLASSICAL REVIEW
Opera review: “Kaminsky’s transgender opera “As One” makes a poignant and remarkable premiere”

September 5, 2014 – WQXR: OPERAVORE
Opera review: “Opera As One Explores Gender Change, Identity Struggles”

September 5, 2014 – PARTERRE.COM
Opera review: “outskirts”

September 4, 2014 – WWFM: CADENZA
Opera profile: “As One”

September 4, 2014 – HUFFINGTON POST
Opera profile: “‘As One’ Opera Brings Husband And Wife Stars Together For Heartfelt Transgender Role”

September 3, 2014 – GAY CITY NEWS
Opera profile: “The Voyage to Oneness”

September 2, 2014 – BK LIVE
Opera profile: Video Interview: “As One”

September 2, 2014 – BROOKLYN DAILY
Opera profile: “Husband and wife share role of transgender woman in new opera”

September 2014 – OPERA NEWS
Composer/Opera profile: “Hearing Both Sides”

Fall 2014OPERA AMERICA MAGAZINE
Composer/Opera profile: “Are Women Different?”

July 17, 2014 – THE ADVOCATE
Opera profile: “Husband and Wife to Share Role in Trans Opera”

July 10, 2014 – WQXR: OPERAVORE
Opera profile: “What to Hear in NYC Opera and Vocal Music”

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