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

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In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world.

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As One libretto Campbell Reed

Commissioned by American Opera Projects. As One is supported in part by 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, Bronx Council on the Arts, Purchase College Development Fund, Tanner Fund, Jeremy T. Smith Fund, Dr. Coco Lazaroff, Lynn Loacker, Judith O. Rubin, and many generous individuals. Special thanks to Purchase College Conservatory of Music and Utah State University. As One is presented by AOP as part of the BAM/DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center Professional Development Program (PDP).

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Recently appointed Composer-in-Residence at American Opera Projects, Laura Kaminsky is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (New York Times), whose music that is “full of fire as well as ice, written in an idiom that contrasts dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection.” (American Record Guide) New works and performances include: an Oboe Concerto for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s that received its world premiere at the Skirball Center with soloist John Snow, and is slated for a 2015 performance in Tokyo with soloist Matt Sullivan; a quartet (clarinet, violin, cello, and piano) for Ensemble Pi; and a Piano Quintet for Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt Quartet. Her Piano Concerto (Koussevitzky Award 2011) with Ursula Oppens, soloist, will be performed in North Carolina in spring 2015. A multi-media collaboration with the Fry Street Quartet, Dr. Rob Davies, artist Rebecca Allan, and photographer Garth Lenz, The Crossroads Project, has been touring the US since 2012.

Kaminsky has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Opera America, New York State Council on the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund, Chamber Music America, American Music Center, USArtists International, CEC ArtsLink International Partnerships, Likhachev Foundation, Kenan Institute for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, North Carolina Arts Council, Meet the Composer, and others. She has received six ASCAP-Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming and the Polish Ministry of Culture National Heritage 2010 Chopin Award. Kaminsky serves on the national advisory council of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and on the board of directors of the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida. She is a professor in the School of the Arts at Purchase College/SUNY.

Mark Campbell is most known for writing the libretto for Silent Night, which garnered the 2012 Pulitzer in Music for composer Kevin Puts. The opera premiered at Minnesota Opera, was broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances and is being produced by an unprecedented number of companies in the next two years. Mark’s other successful operas include: Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, Rappahannock County and A Letter to East 11th Street. As a lyricist, Mark penned the lyrics for Songs from an Unmade Bed, which premiered at New York Theatre Workshop and has since been produced around the world. Among his other musicals are The Audience, Chang & Eng, and Splendora. Awards include: the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, three Drama Desk Award nominations, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, the first Domenic J. Pellicciotti Prize and a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award. Mark is also a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow and resident of the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Recordings: the Grammy®-nominated Volpone, (Wolf Trap Recordings), Later the Same Evening (Albany Records), The Inspector (Wolf Trap Recordings), Bastianello/Lucrezia (Bridge Classical), Rappahannock County (Nonesuch) and Songs from an Unmade Bed (Sh-k-Boom Records). Upcoming premieres include: The Manchurian Candidate (Kevin Puts, Minnesota Opera), The Other Room (Marisa Michelson, Inner Voices), Burke+Hare (Julian Grant, Music-Theatre Group), The Shining (Paul Moravec, Minnesota Opera), The Trial of Elizabeth Cree (Kevin Puts, Opera Philadelphia), and Dinner at Eight (William Bolcom, Minnesota Opera).

reedkimberlyKIMBERLY REED
Kimberly Reed is a filmmaker living in New York City. Her work has been featured on media outlets such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Details magazine, and The Moth Radio Hour. Her work has made her one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellow, and has led to multiple fellowships at the Yaddo Artists’ Community and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Kimberly Reed directed and produced PRODIGAL SONS, a "whiplash doc that heralds an exciting talent." PRODIGAL SONS, a co-production with BBC Storyville and Sundance Channel, premiered at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival. The film has gone on to be shown around the globe in theaters, at over a hundred film festivals, and on worldwide television. The film landed on multiple Best of the Year lists and garnered 14 Audience and Jury awards, including the esteemed International Film Critics' FIPRESCI Prize. Ms. Reed was recognized as Towleroad's "Best LGBT Character of the Film Year," The Advocate's "Five to Watch," and OUT Magazine's "Out 100." She was also the producer/editor/writer for PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE, released theatrically by Zeitgeist Films. Kim is a proud GLSEN and NewFest board member, a Queer/Art/Film mentor, a summa cum laude graduate of UC Berkeley, and a Montana native.

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May 4, 2015 - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Artist/Opera profile: "Transgender Lives: Kimberly Reed"

Opera profile: "Two Voices, One Human Experience"

Best of Year List: "Top Ten Performances of 2014"

December 19, 2014 - WQXR: OPERAVORE
Best of Year List: "The Second Annual Excellence in Opera ('Freddie') Awards"

December 18, 2014 - SLATE
Opera review / Culture profile: "The Uses of 'Trans' in Arts"

October 2, 2014 - GAY CITY NEWS
Opera review: "New Starts"

September 11, 2014 - OUT MAGAZINE
Opera review: "A Transgender Woman’s Operatic Path to Self-Acceptance"

September 10, 2014 - NY OBSERVER
Opera review: "An Emotional Before-and-After Opera of Gender Transformation Premieres at BAM"

September 9, 2014 - Q ON STAGE
Opera review: "Magnificent 'As One'"

September 9, 2014 - THE FILM EXPERIENCE
Opera review: "Stage Door: 'As One' by Kimberly Reed"

September 2014 - OPERA NEWS
Opera review: "As One BROOKLYN American Opera Projects"

September 5, 2014 - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Opera review: "The Arc of a Transgender Life"

Opera review: "Kaminsky’s transgender opera “As One” makes a poignant and remarkable premiere"

September 5, 2014 - WQXR: OPERAVORE
Opera review: "Opera As One Explores Gender Change, Identity Struggles"

September 5, 2014 - PARTERRE.COM
Opera review: "outskirts"

September 4, 2014 - WWFM: CADENZA
Opera profile: "As One"

September 4, 2014 - HUFFINGTON POST
Opera profile: "'As One' Opera Brings Husband And Wife Stars Together For Heartfelt Transgender Role"

September 3, 2014 - GAY CITY NEWS
Opera profile: "The Voyage to Oneness"

September 2, 2014 - BK LIVE
Opera profile: Video Interview: "As One"

September 2, 2014 - BROOKLYN DAILY
Opera profile: "Husband and wife share role of transgender woman in new opera"

September 2014 - OPERA NEWS
Composer/Opera profile: "Hearing Both Sides"

Composer/Opera profile: "Are Women Different?"

July 17, 2014 - THE ADVOCATE
Opera profile: "Husband and Wife to Share Role in Trans Opera"

July 10, 2014 - WQXR: OPERAVORE
Opera profile: "What to Hear in NYC Opera and Vocal Music"

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April 7, 2015
Tour of World Premiere Production
Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University, 4030 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322
Performances by Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano, Kelly Markgraf, baritone, and The Fry Street Quartet
Film by Kimberly Reed
Directed by Ken Cazan

September 4-7, 2014 - WORLD PREMIERE
BAM Fisher Center, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Performances by Sasha Cooke and Kelly Markgraf; Featuring The Fry Street Quartet
Film by Kimberly Reed
Music Direction by Steven Osgood ; Directed by Ken Cazan
Produced in association with BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

July 22, 2014
Music Reading
Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University , 4030 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322
Performances by Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano, Christopher Herbert, baritone, and The Fry Street Quartet

June 17, 2014
Music Reading
BAM Fisher - Hillman Studio, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Performances by Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano, Christopher Herbert, baritone, and The Cassatt Quartet

November 18, 2013
Libretto Reading
South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Performances by Carol Monda and Jerry Marsini

July 26 - August 8, 2015
West Coast Premiere
The Oakland Metro, 630 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607
Produced by West Edge Opera
Music Director/Conductor: Bryan Nies; Stage Director: Mark Streshinsky
Hannah Before: Dan Kempson; Hannah After: Brenda Patterson; Featuring Friction Quartet
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