left: Taylor Raven and Jorell Williams in As One, Seattle Opera, photo Rozarii Lynch, 2016
right: Kelly Markgraf and Sasha Cooke in As One, Chautauqua Opera, photo Dave Munch, 2018
Casting for AS ONE, a chamber opera for two singers in which a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world. American Opera Projects (AOP) and New York City Opera present a new production of As One (“the hottest new American opera of the decade” - Chicago Tribune) and the opera’s first performance in New York City since it was premiered by AOP in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and went on to become the most produced opera in North America written in the 21st Century. Music by Laura Kaminsky. Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. Rehearsals in NYC, May 2019. Performances in NYC, May 30 – June 8, 2019.
"As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy." —The New York Times
Hannah After (Lead): Female, 25-35
Mezzo-Soprano. Hannah is a transgender person whose struggle with identity is followed from childhood to her self-actualization in adulthood. The role of Hannah is shared with a baritone ("Hannah Before"). Strong acting skills, comic timing and the ability to move – both physically and vocally – a must. AGMA contracts. PAID.
We are auditioning cisgender and transgender singers. We greatly encourage transgender singers to audition.
ETHNICITY: African American, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race, African Descent
REQUIRED MEDIA: Headshot/Photo, Video and/or Audio Reel
AUDITION MATERIAL: One English-language aria from 20th/21st Century; Two As One arias to be provided upon scheduling.
Auditions in NYC, September 26, 2018 – by appointment. (September 24 & 25 available on limited basis.) Accompanist provided. To request an audition, email email@example.com, subject “As One NY Auditions”, along with links to Headshot/Photo, Video and/or Audio Reel. Please do not send attachments. If you cannot attend the auditions in person but would like to be considered, please request to submit a video audition and we will reply with details.