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Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed

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In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed, 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.

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Commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects. As One is supported in part by funding 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, the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works, Bronx Council on the Arts, Purchase College Development Fund, Tanner Fund, Jeremy T. Smith Fund, Dr. Coco Lazaroff, Lynn Loacker, Judith O. Rubin, and many generous individuals. Special thanks to Purchase College Conservatory of Music and Utah State University. As One is presented by AOP as part of the BAM/DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center Professional Development Program (PDP).

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Laura Kaminsky is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (New York Times), whose music is “full of fire as well as ice, written in an idiom that contrasts dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection.” (American Record Guide) Recent/Upcoming Commissions: As One (chamber opera for Sasha Cooke and Kelly Markgraf); Oboe Concerto for Orchestra of St. Luke’s; and Piano Quintet for Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt Quartet, and a new chamber work for Cygnus Ensemble for the Morgan Library and Museum. The Crossroads Project, a multi-media collaboration on climate change recently featured on NPR, has been touring the US since 2012. Grants and awards: the NEA, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Opera America, NYSCA, Aaron Copland Fund, Chamber Music America, American Music Center, USArtists International, CEC ArtsLink International Partnerships, Likhachev Foundation, Kenan Institute for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, North Carolina Arts Council, others. She is Composer-in-Residence at American Opera Projects and professor in the School of the Arts Purchase College/SUNY.

Mark Campbell's most known work is the libretto for Silent Night (2012 Pulitzer Prize; composer Kevin Puts). It premiered at Minnesota Opera, was broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances and is being produced by an unprecedented number of companies over the next two years. Mark’s other operas: The Manchurian Candidate, As One, The Other Room, Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, Rappahannock County and A Letter to East 11th Street. Awards include: Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, three Drama Desk Award nominations, Rockefeller Foundation Award, Domenic J. Pellicciotti Prize and Jonathan Larson Foundation Award. Upcoming premieres: Burke+Hare (Julian Grant, Music-Theatre Group), The Shining (Paul Moravec, Minnesota Opera), The Trial of Elizabeth Cree (Kevin Puts, Opera Philadelphia), Dinner at Eight (William Bolcom, Minnesota Opera).

reedkimberlyKIMBERLY REED
(co-librettist, filmmaker)
Kimberly Reed, filmmaker/librettist — featured on Oprah, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, The Moth Radio Hour — is one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” A New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, she has had residencies at Yaddo, Hermitage Artist Retreat, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Regarding AS ONE’s BAM premiere, the New York Times said: “backed by scene-setting projections from Ms. Reed, the drama powerfully coheres.” San Francisco Chronicle noted the “delicately atmospheric film” and libretto — co-written with Mark Campbell — that “conjures up a blend of excitement, shame, self-fulfillment and fear with crisp efficiency.” She is collaborating again with Campbell and Kaminsky on SOME LIGHT EMERGES (Houston Grand Opera/HGOco). Reed’s PRODIGAL SONS, a “whiplash doc that heralds an exciting talent” (SF Weekly), premiered at Telluride Film Festival, has been shown at 100+ festivals and broadcast worldwide, and garnered 14 awards including the FIPRESCI Prize. She is also working on DARK MONEY, a documentary about campaign finance reform.

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January 30, 2018 - HAVE A VOICE - AOP BLOG
Industry Profile: "AS ONE Surpasses Turandot and The Barber of Seville to Become 14th Most Produced Opera in the U.S. and Canada in 2016-17"

January 29, 2018 - KC STAGE
Opera Profile: "A Thought Provoking As One at KC Lyric Opera"

Opera Profile: "E Duo Unum"

January 26, 2018 - BOSTON GLOBE
Opera Review: "Two singers perform ‘As One’"

January 26, 2018 - KANSAS CITY STAR
Opera Profile: "Lyric tackles transgender opera, but themes are universal to all people"

January 22, 2018 - WBUR (BOSTON)
Opera Profile: "From Starting Quarterback To Female Filmmaker, 'As One' Narrates A Trans Story In Operatic Form"

Opera Review: "A transgender’s odyssey told in riveting opera"

January 6, 2018 - BARIHUNKS
Opera Profile: "Sasha Cooke and Kelly Markgraf reprise transgender opera As One"

November 22, 2017 - OPERA TODAY
Opera Review: "As One a Haunting Success in San Diego"

November 22, 2017 - SAN DIEGO STORY
Opera Review: "San Diego Opera’s Production of Kaminsky’s Moving, Brilliant ‘As One’"

November 13, 2017 - DES MOINES REGISTER
Opera Profile: "Makeup and wigs come off in intimate opera about transgender woman"

November 12, 2017 - STAGEANDCINEMA.COM
Opera Review: "San Diego Opera Review: AS ONE (San Diego Opera)"

November 11, 2017 - OPERA WEST.COM
Opera Review: "The transgender experience is lovingly explored in San Diego Opera’s “As One”"

November 10, 2017 - KPBS (SAN DIEGO)
Opera Profile: "'As One' Is A Modern Opera About Transitioning"

November 5, 2017 - San Diego Union Tribune
Opera Profile: "Transgender opera explores identity, self"

November 3, 2017 - The Washington Post
Industry/Artist Profile: "Female composers are making great strides. The classical music world isn’t helping them."

November 3, 2017 - Broadway World
Artist Profile: "BWW Interview: Laura Kaminsky Composer of AS ONE at Joan B Kroc Theatre, San Diego"

November 2, 2017 - San Diego Jewish Journal
Opera Profile: "Coming Together “As One”"

October 29, 2017 - NBC San Diego
Opera Profile: "'As One' at San Diego Tells Story of Transgender Woman's Transition"

Opera Profile: "San Diego Opera’s 'As One' follows the life of a transgender woman"

October 18, 2017 - Twin Cities Arts Reader
Opera Profile: "PREVIEW: Skylark Opera To Stage Transgender Tale As One"

October 9, 2017 - San Diego Magazine
Opera Profile: "San Diego Opera's 'As One' Follows a Transgender Woman's Transition"

July 27, 2017 - The New Yorker
Industry profile: "The Decline of Opera Queens and the Rise of Gay Opera"

Opera Profile: "Kaminsky, Campbell and Reed Are AS ONE, Showing More Lives than a Cat"

May 18, 2017SIGNAL TRIBUNE (Los Angeles)
Opera Review: "Long Beach Opera’s As One – Theatre review"

May 18, 2017EASY READER NEWS (Los Angeles)
Opera Review: "Long Beach Opera’s thoughtful “As One”"

Opera Review: "'As One,' the every(wo)man transgender opera"

Feb. 25, 2017DENVER POST
Opera Profile: "Looking to get into opera? Now is the time when “As One” swings through Denver"

Feb. 24, 2017DAILY CAMERA (Boulder, CO)
Opera Profile: "Small-scale 'As One' a big event for Opera Colorado"

Opera Review: "Two voices shine in Pittsburgh Opera's moving transgender journey, 'As One'"

Feb. 17, 2017WESA (Pittsburgh)
Opera Profile: "Transgender Opera, With Two Singers Portraying One Character, Comes to Pittsburgh"

Feb. 17, 2017WQED (Pittsburgh)
Opera Profile: “Taylor Raven, James Lesniak, Frances Rabalais, Brian Vu – Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘As One’”

Opera Profile: “The Natural and the Political: A Conversation with Laura Kaminsky and Rebecca Allan”

Opera Profile: “A transgender story takes center stage at the Pennsylvania premiere of As One”

Opera Profile: “Artist Spotlight – Brian Vu on ‘As One’”

Opera Profile: “Pittsburgh Opera Premiere’s ‘As One’ Chamber Opera With Transgender Protagonist”

Opera Profile: “’As One’ opera tells a universal story about a transgender woman”

January 23, 2017 - PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE
Opera profile: "Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in February"

January 3, 2017 - BROADWAYWORLD
Opera profile: "Pittsburgh Opera to Tell Transgender Story with AS ONE Chamber Opera"

November 16, 2016 - SEATTLE WEEKLY
Opera profile: "From Seattle Opera, A Trans Person’s Path to Self-Reconciliation"

November 14, 2016 - CITY ARTS ONLINE (SEATTLE)
Opera review: "Seattle Opera's 'As One'"

November 12, 2016 - THE SEATTLE TIMES
Opera profile: "‘As One’ tells a transgender story with power, passion"

November 11, 2016 - THE STRANGER (SEATTLE)
Opera profile: "As One Transcends the Trump Blues"

November 7, 2016 - KUOW 94.9 FM (SEATTLE)
Opera profile: "Introducing trans identity to the Seattle Opera"

September 27, 2016 - SLIPPED DISC
Opera profile: "Baritone Turns Mezzo in Seattle's Transgender Opera"

September 26, 2016 - BROADWAY WORLD
Opera profile: "A Transgender Story Told Through Opera at Washington Hall"

December 24, 2015 - THE WASHINGTON POST
Best of Year List: "2015: The Year in Classical Music"

October 6, 2015 - THE WASHINGTON POST
Opera Review (Urban Arias): "‘As One’: New opera serves as effective monodrama, subversive duet"

October 4, 2015 - DC METRO THEATER ARTS
Opera Review: "‘As One’ at Urban Arias"

October 1, 2015 - WASHINGTON BLADE
Opera profile: "Not Your Grandmother's Opera"

September 29, 2015 - DC THEATRE SCENE
Opera profile: "From creation of transgender opera, As One, to UrbanArias quick embrace"

July 29, 2015 - KQED (Public Radio)
Opera review: "West Edge Presents Operas in Unexpected Oakland Locations"

Opera review: "One Life Divided in West Edge Opera’s As One"

July 27, 2015 - MERCURY NEWS (San Jose)
Opera review: "West Edge Opera mounts a marvelous 'Lulu' and an affecting 'As One'"

July 27, 2015 - PENINSULA REVIEWS (SF Bay Area)
Opera review: "West Edge’s Bold New Transgender Opera Opens in Oakland"

May 4, 2015 - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Artist/Opera profile: "Transgender Lives: Kimberly Reed"

Opera profile: "Two Voices, One Human Experience"

Best of Year List: "Top Ten Performances of 2014"

December 19, 2014 - WQXR: OPERAVORE
Best of Year List: "The Second Annual Excellence in Opera ('Freddie') Awards"

December 18, 2014 - SLATE
Opera review / Culture profile: "The Uses of 'Trans' in Arts"

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"

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"

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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September 4, 6 & 7, 2014
AOP, in association with the Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM Fisher Center, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; The Fry Street Quartet
Film by Kimberly Reed
Music Direction by Steven Osgood; Directed by Ken Cazan
Complete credits


August 7, 2018
Chautauqua Opera
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; The Fry Street Quartet; Matt Gray, stage director; Steven Osgood, conductor

March 16-25, 2018
Skylark Opera Theatre
North Garden Theater - 929 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN 55102
Luke Williams, Hannah Before. Bergen Baker, Hannah After. Robert Neu, Director. Jeffrey Stirling, Music Director.

February 9-11, 2018
Anchorage Opera
621 W 6th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
Ashley Cutright, mezzo-soprano; Luis Alejandro Orozco, baritone; Andreas Mitisek, music/stage director;

January 27-28, 2018
Lyric Opera Kansas City

Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building, Kansas City, MO
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano; Wes Mason, baritone; Mary Birnbaum, stage director;

January 25-28, 2018
Boston Opera Collaborative

Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, MA

January 11-16, 2018
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Aloha Tower Pier 10 Cruise Ship Terminal, Honolulu, HI
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; The Fry Street Quartet; Bob Wood, music director;

November 17, 18, 19, 2017
Des Moines Metro Opera
Elise Quagliata, mezzo-soprano; John Moore, baritone; Kristine McIntyre, director

November 10-12, 2017
San Diego Opera
Joan B. Kroc Theatre
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; Kyle Lang, director; Bruce Stasyna, conductor

June 2, 3 & 4, 2017
New Orleans Opera
Marigny Opera House 
Brenda Patterson, mezzo-soprano; Luis Alejandro Orozco, baritone; Polyhymnia String Quartet; Frances Rabalais, director; Robert Lyall, conductor

May 13, 20 & 21, 2017
Long Beach Opera

The Beverly O’Neill Theater
Danielle Marcelle Bond, mezzo-soprano; Lee Gregory, baritone; David Schweizer, director; Andreas Mitisek, conductor

March 2, 3 & 4, 2017
Opera Colorado, Denver
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; Andres Cladera, conductor; Jeffrey Buchman, director

February 18, 21, 24 & 26, 2017
Pittsburgh Opera

Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano; Brian Vu, baritone; James Lesniak, conductor; Frances Rabalais, director

November 11, 13, 17, 18 & 19, 2016
Seattle Opera

Washington Hall
Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano; Jorell Williams, baritone; John Keene, conductor; L. Zane Jones, director

July 7 & 9, 2016
International Opera Projects

Ballsaal-Studio, Berlin
Sidney Walker, mezzo-soprano; Sam Thompson, baritone; Oriel Quartet; Andre Lousada, conductor; Matthew Gray, director
Presented by International Opera Projects in association with AOP

October 3, 4, 9 & 10, 2015
Urban Arias

Atlas Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
Ashley Cutright, mezzo-soprano; Luis Alejandro Orozco, baritone; Robert Wood, conductor; Octavio Cardenas, director

July 26 & 31, August 8, 2015
West Edge Opera

The Oakland Metro, Oakland, CA
Brenda Patterson, mezzo-soprano; Dan Kempson, baritone; Friction Quartet; Bryan Nies, music director/conductor; Mark Streshinsky, director

April 7, 2015
Caine College of the Arts

Tour of World Premiere Production
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; The Fry Street Quartet; Michael Sakir, music director; Ken Cazan, director


April 28, 2017
Baltimore War Memorial
Excerpts in performance
Claire Weber, mezzo-soprano; Brad Testerman, baritone; Peabody Conservatory String Quartet (Kaleigh Acord & Naomi Schrank, violin; Daniel Jacobs, viola; Tzu-Jou Yeh, cello)

April 26, 2017
Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City
Excerpts in performance
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano; Jorell Williams, baritone; Cassatt String Quartet; Mila Henry, conductor

October 23, 2016
Bronx Arts Ensemble
Excerpts in performance
Bronx Arts Ensemble Quartet; Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano

July 14, 2016
Chautauqua Opera
Excerpts in performance
Kelly Clarke, mezzo-soprano; Heath Martin, baritone; Allison Voth, piano; Steven Osgood, music director

May 20, 2016
Opera America
Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada
Excerpts in performance
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; Milton String Quartet; Steven Osgood, conductor
Presented by Opera America and AOP

November 20, 2015
Palm Beach Opera and Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches; Lake Worth, FL; Reading of “Out of nowhere” in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

February 27, 2015
Opera America
The University Club, New York
Excerpts in performance
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano, Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone; Cassatt String Quartet


July 22, 2014
Caine College of the Arts
Music Reading
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Cast: Blythe Gaissert, Christopher Herbert
Ensemble: The Fry Street Quartet

June 17, 2014
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Music Reading
Hillman Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Cast: Blythe Gaissert, Christopher Herbert
Ensemble: The Cassatt Quartet
Presented by AOP First Chance

November 18, 2013
South Oxford Space
Libretto Reading
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Performances by Carol Monda and Jerry Marsini
Presented by AOP First Chance

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