As One

July 25, 27, 29 & 30, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
July 28, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.
Music Hall | Wilks Studio

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

Sung in English
Performance length: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Rated PG

With two singers and a string quartet, As One is an uplifting coming-of-age story about a transgender woman. This new, 75-minute chamber opera depicts the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. Two singers, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, portray the character of Hannah. Inspired in part by the life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker Kimberly Reed, As One’s rich libretto–and evocative melodies and harmonies–make it an unforgettable work.

“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


Cincinnati Business Courier
"A vibrant musical score, one that drives the story with energy and momentum while it also provides scintillating, ever-changing color." Read the review.

PRIZM Magazine
"Sparse, brutal, humorous, honest and, above all, human." Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"Theatrical and musical magic... As One is a welcome breath of fresh air." Read the review.


Cast & Creative Team

Hannah After  Amber Fasquelle
Hannah Before  Matthew Worth

Conductor  Gene Chang
Stage Director  Robin Guarino
Film  Kimberly Reed
Costume Designer  Rebecca Senske
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer  James Geier


Community Programs

Cincinnati Opera presents a series of community events that will examine the significance of As One, explore what it means to be transgender, and elucidate the transgender experience.

Post-Show Panels
Following each performance of As One, attendees are invited to stay for a 30-minute discussion with a variety of guests. These conversations will examine and elucidate the transgender experience. All As One ticketholders are welcome to attend following the performance.

Learn More

Opera Insights
Join us for a pre-curtain lecture one hour before each performance in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.

In the News
8.1.2018 Seen and Heard International: A Transgender Study Is a Breath of Fresh Air
7.30.2018 PRIZM Magazine: ‘As One’ Takes Audiences on a Journey of Understanding
7.26.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: OPERA REVIEW: ‘As One’ a luminous, deeply human transgender story
7.25.2018 91.7 WVXU/88.5 WMUB: Transformational: Cincinnati Opera Explores Transgender Story
7.24.2018 CityBeat: Cincinnati Opera’s 'As One' sings the journey of a transgender woman
7.18.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: 'As One,' the most performed new opera in North America, is coming to Cincinnati Opera
7.6.2018 Behind the Curtain Cincinnati: Cincinnati Opera Announces Community Events in Support of Transgender Opera As One
7.1.2018 PRIZM News: This Month, There's a New Role for Opera in Cincinnati
6.15.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: Staging premieres well worth the risk, Cincinnati arts leaders say
6.8.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: As Cincinnati Opera nears its 100th anniversary, collaboration is key
6.7.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage
6.01.2018 Movers & Makers Cincinnati: Old, new, borrowed, blue and 'Traviata' too
5.30.2018 Cincinnati MagazineCincinnati Opera's Killer Summer Lineup
4.15.2018 WQXR Operavore: Warm Weather Opera Worth Traveling For
7.14.2017 Cincinnati Enquirer: Ambitious fare planned for Cincinnati Opera's move back to Music Hall