Laura Kaminsky, New York-based composer of contemporary chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, with social-political topics like environment and war

“As One” in European debut with International Opera Projects in Berlin, July 7th and 9th

"As One" in European debut with International Opera Projects in Berlin, July 7th and 9th

International Opera Projects in association with American Opera Projects and by arrangement with Bill Holab Music present “As One.”

A chamber opera for two voices and string quartet

Music and Concept: Laura Kaminsky
Libretto: Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Film: Kimberly Reed

As One is a brave new work in which two voices — Hannah after (mezzo-soprano) and Hannah before (baritone) — share the part of a 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 on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where she is surprised at what she learns about herself.

As One was commissioned and produced by American Opera Projects and premiered at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in September 2014. International OperaProjects is very proud to present its European premiere in Berlin.

“A piece that haunts and challenges with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace.” – Opera News

As One is everything that we hope for in contemporary opera: topical, poignant, daring, and beautifully written.” – New York Classical Review

As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy with winning humor and a satisfying emotional arc.” – The New York Times

Cast: Sidney Walker, mezzo-soprano; Sam Thompson, baritone
Stage Direction: Matthew Gray
Conductor: Andre Lousada
Ensemble: Oriel Quartett
Set Design: Kerstin Eichner
Lighting: Fabian Eichner
Costumes: Yvonne Warmbier
Projection Design: Ike Forsyth
Assistant Director: Seth Carico
Rehearsal Pianist: Darren Saady