as one

February 18, 21, 24 & 26, 2017

A chamber opera for two voices and string quartet
Music & Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
By arrangement with Bill Holab Music

Pennsylvania premiere!

In As One, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world.

As One traces 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 will star Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists, and be performed in the intimate environs of Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.


Commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects, As One received generous 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, Dr. Coco Lazaroff, Lynn Loacker and Judith O. Rubin. 

As One premiered at BAM Fisher Center in Brooklyn, NY in September, 2014, and has already been performed by nine different opera companies throughout the United States and beyond.

Limited capacity- Individual tickets are now on sale. You can buy single tickets now or purchase them as part of a subscription

Season sponsor: PNC. Tuesday performance sponsor: Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center.

Hannah, at a cabin in Norway, resolves to be happy with herself

Hannah before (Brian Vu) feels compelled to be the “perfect boy” and hide Hannah after (Taylor Raven)

Hannah starts to feel more comfortable with herself

Hannah endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world

Brian Vu as Hannah before

Hannah after (Taylor Raven) recounts being attacked in a dark parking lot, and reflects on the many people who have recently been murdered for being transgender

Hannah feels a rush of contentment because someone finally perceived her as she really is

Meet the Creators event, Saturday Feb. 18th


Cast and Artistic Team

Details and Resources