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As One

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

January 25-28, Longy School of Music of Bard College

A Chamber Opera

for Two Voices and String Quartet

January 25-28, 2018

by arrangement with Bill Holab Music
commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects (AOP)
This production was made possible in part by a Creating & Presenting Grant from Cambridge Arts and the Mass Cultural Council.

One of the most timely and in-demand operas in America today. Accompanied by a string quartet, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone share the journey of a sole transgender protagonist -- Hannah before and Hannah after transition -- as she strives to reconcile the discord between her identity and the outside world. From her childhood inklings that she is different to her first steps toward transition and the deeper discoveries of herself, As One tells Hannah’s story with compassion and humor, through a powerful libretto and a pulsating, harmonic score.

Trailer from world premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Critical Acclaim

“As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy…[with] winning humor and a satisfying emotional arc.”

The New York Times

“Two Voices, one human experience.”

The Salt Lake Tribune

“… a piece that haunts and challenges its audience with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace.”

Opera News

“The finale … is as uplifting as any operatic ending could be.”

Seattle Times

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Pre- and Post-Show Events

Pre- and Post-Show Events

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Discussion with Creative Team, Cast, and Guest from the Community


Join composer Laura Kaminsky, co-librettist Mark Campbell, the cast and guests from the community in a talk-back after the show. We'll discuss how and why the show was written, the challenges of two singers portraying one character, and much more.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Social Action Discussion 


Wondering how you can make a difference?  Join us after the show as we speak with David Topping, Field Director for Freedom for All Massachusetts, about the campaign to preserve MA’s transgender-inclusive public accommodation laws, which is currently the subject of a repeal effort scheduled to be voted on the November 2018 elections.

Saturday, January 27, 2018 

Explorations of Identity 


Join us for a post-show discussion that explores gender, identity and the voice with members from the community led by guest speaker Dr. Helen Lewis, Assistant Professor of Theater and Queer/Gender Studies at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Empowering Youth through the Arts


Pre-show screening of The Year We Thought About Love, a 68 minute documentary film which celebrates the powerful work of a Boston LGBTQ troupe, True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, as they write a play about love.  Conversation to follow with youth leaders from the film and representatives from the Theater Offensive.  Limited tickets available. ($10 adults and $5 students)

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

In addition to their own presentation of this ground-breaking opera, BOC will participate in a two-semester project lead by Dr. Judith Hill Bose. Longy students will study the work, produce a student version, and facilitate community engagement workshops across the Greater Boston area.

Meet Co-Librettist Kimberly Reed

Meet Kimberly Reed

The story of As One is loosely based on the life of co-librettist and filmmaker Kimberly Reed. Listen to part of her story as she told it on NPR's The Moth.

Cast/Creative Team

Cast & Creative Team



Marie Oka, first violin

Liubomyr Senyshyn, second violin

Hayley Murks-Abdikadirova, viola

You Kyung Kim, cello

Creative Team

Andrew Altenbach, conductor
Jean Anderson Collier, vocal coach
Greg Smucker, stage director
Andy Nice, scenic design
Chris Bocchiaro, lighting design
Tazzy Cole, costume design
Mitchell Girgasky, production manager


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