“as one” with AOP and BAM

AsOne_Lane banner 2It’s been a lovely summer, and while I’ve had plenty of time to enjoy just that, I also began working on American Opera Projects’ latest chamber opera As One, created by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell, and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed, and to be premiered at BAM Fisher in early September. This beautiful work “relates the experiences and inner life of a transgender person moving toward self-realization”, and features mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Kelly Markgraf in the role of the central protagonist, as well as the talents of The Fry Street Quartet. Ken Cazan directs, and Steven Osgood music directs.

We had two workshops this summer, one at SUNY Purchase in June, and one in Logan, Utah in July, where we were hosted by The Fry Street Quartet, who is based there and serves as the Quartet-in-Residence at Utah State University. Since summer always yields a variety of commitments for directors and performers alike, we had a second musical team that handled the two workshops, including our fearless cover cast mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert and baritone Christopher Herbert, and myself as Conductor and Vocal Coach (and Assistant Conductor for the BAM production). The New York-based Cassatt Quartet also served as our “cover quartet” for the June workshop. So, many of us have joined together to become As One!

As One premieres September 4-7, 2014 at BAM Fisher. Click here for tickets.

 

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