‘As One’ to Celebrate 49th Production

By Francisco Salazar

The modern operatic masterpiece “As One” by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Reed, and Kimberly Reed will celebrate its 49th production.

The work, which traces the life of a transgender protagonist from her conflicted youth through her journey of self-discovery, will be performed for the first time by non-binary and trans vocalists Rahźe Cheatham (they/them) and Tona Brown (she/her). They will be accompanied by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra on Nov. 20 at The Transgender Day of Remembrance in Lowell, MA.

The success of “As One” revealed a systemic lack of vocal training for trans, nonbinary, and other gender-expansive singers. As a result, the “As One” creative team, Kimberly Reed, Mark Campbell, and Laura Kaminsky, have partnered with a leading national cultural institution to offer the True Voice Award to create more opportunities and visibility for the talented voices of all types.

Every season a talented gender-expansive candidate will be selected through audition and awarded a grant towards future study and career development opportunities.