The American Opera Project Presents ‘As One: The Work Continues…’ on International Transgender Day of Visibility

By Afton Wooten

On March 31 The American Opera Project will host “As One: The Work Continues…” an evening of various events in celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility.

The in-person and live streamed event will take place at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City at 7 p.m.

Events that evening include a panel moderated by Baritone Rahzê Cheatham (they/them) who recently performed in the first all-transgender and non-binary cast production. The panel features Kimberly Reed and baritone Lucas Bouk who will discuss transgender and nonbinary visibility in the arts and the progress since the opera’s 2014 premiere as well as what the future may hold.

Later on, the True Voice Award curated by Kimberly Reed, Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and the Washington National Opera will be presented by Francesca Zambello.

The evening will conclude with the video premiere of the choral work “A Brighter Light” featuring over 35 singers who have taken on the role of Hannah. This piece was written specifically by the “As One” creators to mark the recent 50th production of “As One” at Opera Santa Barbara.