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

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

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


November 11–19, 2016
Seattle Opera
Cast: Jorell Williams, Taylor Raven

July 14, 2016
(Selections from the opera)
Young Artists Recital
Chautauqua Opera
Music Direction: Steven Osgood

July 7–9, 2016
European premiere
International Opera Projects
Cast: Sidney Walker, Sam Thompson
Music Direction: Maya Barsacq
Stage Direction: Matt Gray
Ballsaal-Studio, Berlin
Presented by International Opera Projects in association with AOP

May 18, 2016
(Selections from the opera)
New Works Sampler
Opera America Conference 2016
Montrèal, Canada
Cast: Blythe Gaissert, Kelly Markgraf
Conductor: Steven Osgood
Presented by Opera America and AOP

October 2–10, 2015
D.C. Area Premiere
Urban Arias
The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Cast: Ashley Cutright, Luis Alejandro Orozco.
Conductor: Robert Wood
Stage Director: Octavio Cardenas

July 26–August 8, 2015
West Coast Premiere
West Edge Opera
The Oakland Metro, Oakland, CA
Cast: Brenda Patterson, Dan Kempson
Ensemble: Friction Quartet
Music Director/Conductor: Bryan Nies
Stage Director: Mark Streshinsky

April 7, 2015
Tour of World Premiere Production
Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Cast: Blythe Gaissert, Kelly Markgraf
Ensemble: The Fry Street Quartet
Music Direction: Michael Sakir
Stage Direction: Ken Cazan

September 4–7, 2014
World Premiere
BAM Fisher Center, Brooklyn, NY
Cast: Sasha Cooke, Kelly Markgraf
Ensemble: The Fry Street Quartet
Music Direction: Steven Osgood
Stage Direction: Ken Cazan
Produced by AOP in association with the Brooklyn Academy of Music


February 18–26, 2017
Pittsburgh Opera
Cast: Taylor Raven, Brian Vu

March 2-4, 2017
Opera Colorado
Cast: Blythe Gaissert, Kelly Markgraf

May 13–27, 2017
Long Beach Opera

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