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.