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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 is everything we hope for in a contemporary opera: topical, poignant, daring, and beautifully written.” — New York Classical Review

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.

Content Warning: As One contains a scene that depicts extreme violence perpetrated against transgender individuals, as well as adult language.

TransAffirming Spaces, a Portland-based company committed to creating safe spaces for dialogue and engagement, will be onsite for all performances.  Please speak to any member of the theatre staff for more information.

Special thanks to Trans Affirming Spaces, communications and community consultant for As One.

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 during the month of March as well as during performances of As One.

“As I Am” Gallery Exhibit
March 7 – 30 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Antoinette Hatfield Hall
Free and open to the public
This exhibit is possible in part by Morel Ink and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts.

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

Extended Q&A: Sunday Matinee
Sunday, March 24 | 3:25 PM
Newmark Theatre
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. 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.

Photos by Cory Weaver. Audio samples courtesy of American Opera Projects and Bill Holab Music.

As One Rehearsal

    "Perfect Boy"
    "Two Cities"
    "I go on to"

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.