A CHAMBER OPERA FOR TWO VOICES AND STRING QUARTET
Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
Film by Kimberly Reed
Conducted and Directed by Andreas Mitisek
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NEW WORKS IN THE WORLD OF OPERA.
In this brave and beautiful coming-of-age story, two voices—a mezzo-soprano and a baritone—share the role of our transgender heroine Hannah as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world. Celebrated as one of the most important new works in the world of opera, Hannah’s story sheds light on universal truths of self-love and identity.
“As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy.” — the New York Times
ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION:
Performed in English with English captions.
Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission.
This chamber opera incorporates film, directed and created by Kimberly Reed. Fifteen songs comprise the three-part narrative; with empathy and humor, they trace Hannah’s experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years—and finally traveling alone to a different country, where she realizes some truths about herself. Former Portland Opera Resident Artists Hannah Penn and Alexander Elliott sing the roles of Hannah. Conductor, director, and designer Andreas Mitisek makes his Portland Opera debut with this production.