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As One


Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
Film by Kimberly Reed
Conducted and Directed by Andreas Mitisek


In this brave and beautiful coming-of-age story, two voices—a mezzo-soprano and a baritone—share the role of our transgender heroine Hannah as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world. Celebrated as one of the most important new works in the world of opera, Hannah’s story sheds light on universal truths of self-love and identity.

As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy.” — the New York Times

About Our Production:

Performed in English with English captions.
Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission.

This chamber opera incorporates film, directed and created by Kimberly Reed. Fifteen songs comprise the three-part narrative; with empathy and humor, they trace Hannah’s experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years—and finally traveling alone to a different country, where she realizes some truths about herself. Former Portland Opera Resident Artist Hannah Penn will sing the role of Hannah after. Conductor, director, and designer Andreas Mitisek makes his Portland Opera debut with this production.

PREVIEWS & Special events

To celebrate the Portland premiere of our upcoming production of As One, we have teamed up with award-winning photographer Gia Goodrich to commission a series of portraits and interviews featuring transgender members of our community.

As One tells one story: Hannah’s story—and this project was created to help celebrate additional stories and voices from transgender people in our community. The gallery of portraits, titled “As I Am”, will be available for public viewing in the rotunda of the Antoinette Hatfield Hall from March 7 – 30, Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM (as well as during performances of As One).

“As I Am” Gallery Opening
Thursday, March 7 | 5 – 8 PM
Free and open to the public

As One Preview: Multnomah County Library
Sunday, March 17 | 2 PM
Free and open to the public


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Join us one hour before curtain for a discussion providing context and unique insights into the world of the opera. After the performance join Christopher Mattaliano, Portland Opera’s general director, along with cast members or collaborators, for a post-show conversation.

Tickets start at $35, available starting August 17. View a seating map of the Newmark Theatre.


The performance of As One on March 24 at 2 PM will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is visually translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our Patron Services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.


Hannah after
Hannah S. Penn

Hannah before
Lee Gregory

Director, Conductor, Set & Costume Designer
Andreas Mitisek

Plot & Program Notes

As One was commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects, a nonprofit organization that has produced over 30 world premiere operas. The piece premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014, and in the 2016/17 season it was the 14th most produced opera in the country, surpassing Turnadot and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.