The Atlanta Opera: As One
CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: As One, Pullman Yards - A “poignant, comedic and uplifting” chamber opera tells the story of a transgender woman named Hannah who struggles to live by her own rules. Scored for two singers and a string quartet, “As One” comprises fifteen songs in a three-part narrative that traces Hannah’s experiences from her youth in a small town up to her college years, and her eventual relocation to a foreign country to gain some wisdom about herself. Since its 2014 premiere, the piece has become one of the most widely produced contemporary operas in North America. Words and music come from award winners Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. “It challenges us to ponder questions of authenticity, identity, compassion and self-love, and does so without preachiness," The Chicago Tribune wrote in its review. — KCM
CL Critic Doug DeLoach Recommends: The Atlanta Opera concludes its 2021-22 season at Pullman Yards with the “Come As You Are” festival featuring a new production of Cabaret; the Atlanta premiere of As One, a highly acclaimed chamber opera featuring transgender baritone Lucia Lucas, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut in February, in the lead role; and a special Saturday matinee featuring Roswell resident and Metropolitan Opera performer Jay Hunter Morris in a cabaret-style concert. On one hand, “Come As You Are” builds on the company’s popular Discoveries Series, which for the last ten years has presented adventurous smaller works in unexpected venues around the metro area. On the other, it represents the Atlanta Opera’s community outreach campaign to build a broader audience by stripping away some of the formal trappings of “grand opera” including any pretense to a dress code. Witnessing opera in the uniquely configured environs of Pullman Yards promises to be a highlight of this summer’s arts events. -DD
From the venue:As One is the chamber opera everyone’s talking about. Poignant, comedic, and uplifting, the show weaves the coming-of-age story of Hannah, a transgender woman, into the universal struggle to live your own truth. Presented in an intimate performance space and score for two singers and string quartet, As Onedelivers a potent reflection on modern life through stunning words and music from award winners Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed.