Opera explores transgender experiences

A new one-act chamber opera exploring the transgender experience is set to premiere in New York next month.

Commissioned by American Opera Projects, As One was conceived and composed by Laura Kaminsky, with a libretto by Mark Campbell and transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed.

Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (pictured) and her husband, baritone Kelly Markgraf, will share the lead role to portray the protagonist’s transition from male to female.

The work has been produced through American Opera Projects’ First Chance programme, which develops and supports new contemporary work across the US.