As One

Music by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
Film by Kimberly Reed

As One is a chamber opera in which two voices—Hannah younger (baritone) and Hannah older (mezzo-soprano)—share the part of our sole transgender protagonist. 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. 

The creators of As One have made its story accessible in words and music; and that the journey of its transgender protagonist toward self-fulfillment is something everyone can relate to and understand. 

For further information about how to discuss transgender issues, go to: 

Sung in English

Friday, April 12 8 pm
Sunday, April 14 2 pm
Tuesday, April 16 1:30 pm
Thursday, April 18 8 pm
Friday, April 19 8 pm

Post Performance
After the performance you are invited to a short, informal conversation with members of the production and artistic teams.

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Alexandra Enyart


Robert Barry Fleming


Hannah (older)

Heather Jones

Hannah (younger)

Michael Kelly


Warning – the following contains spoilers about the plot

Content Warning 

As One contains a scene that describes violence against transgender individuals—song number #13, “Out of nowhere”—that may be disturbing to some people. The scene lasts approximately 8 minutes and is followed by a satisfying finale depicting the joy of self-realization. 

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Part I

In “Paper route,” Hannah rides around her suburban neighborhood delivering newspapers and revels in her more feminine impulses. Her youthful challenges in conforming to gender norms are related in “Cursive,” “Sex ed,” “Entire of itself ” and “Perfect boy”—in such disparate subjects as handwriting, sex, a John Donne poem, and exemplary male behavior. However, in “To know,” she discovers that she is not alone in the world and seeks understanding about herself at a local library.

Part II

During her college years, Hannah struggles with her divided existence in “Two cities,” but also encounters the joy of being perceived as she wishes in “Three words.” In “Close,” she has made the decision to undergo hormone therapy and briefly suffers its vertiginous effects before feeling at one with her own body. “Home for the holidays,” “A Christmas story” and “Dear son” all occur around the Christmas season and relate Hannah’s growing distance to her family and her past, which is countered by an immediate connection with a stranger in a local café. In “Out of nowhere,” Hannah escapes a harrowing assault that prompts her to find a link to the larger community and end her self-imposed alienation. Reacting to the conflicting voices in her head, she finally resolves to escape in the fragment, “I go on to…”

Part III

“Norway.” In this extended aria, Hannah finds, in nature, solitude, and self-reflection, the simple yet surprising equation that will help her achieve happiness.

I’m not clear what this is about? Is this a “transgender opera”? Is it about a boy who wants to be a girl?

This is a contemporary opera about a transgender character and her specific experience. The story of Hannah in As One is a journey toward self-realization; it is not about a boy becoming a girl or trading one gender for another.

How long is this show? 

As One is three narratives with 15 songs. The production is approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission. 

Is there any content that may be upsetting or any violence in As One?

As One contains a scene with representation of violence—song number #13, “Out of nowhere”—that may be disturbing to some people. The scene lasts approximately eight minutes and is followed by a satisfying finale depicting the joy of self-acceptance. 

What age do you think is or isn’t appropriate for this production?  

Bearing in mind this is a 70-minute contemporary chamber opera with no intermission, we leave that decision to you. Additionally, while there is one scene depicting violence, As One is a story of self-discovery and joy.

For information about how to discuss transgender issues, go to: 

Will I understand what is being said or sung? I’ve never been to an opera before.

This production is sung in English. Oftentimes, however, regardless of language, the theatrical elements of opera carry the audience along with the storyline.