OCM presents the Quebec premiere of the opera ‘As One’ on Nov. 20th

Operatic work about trans woman discovering her identity to be available online until Dec. 5th

Montreal, November 12th, 2020 – The Orchestre Classique de Montréal is proud to present the Quebec premiere of the American opera As One on November 20th, 2020 as a live online broadcast on three platforms: YouTube, Facebook and LiveToune. The online access will remain online until December 5th. The duration of the opera is 75-minute with no intermission and will feature Quebec Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Bissonnette and Canadian Baritone Phillip Addis.

Thanks to the TD Bank Group’s digital presenter sponsorship, it will be possible to enjoy the performance through a high-definition virtual broadcast comfortably seated in your own living room, whether it be in Montreal, Val-d’Or or overseas. It’s the perfect occasion to discover or to be reunited with this art form!

Created in September 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, this operatic work by Kimberly Reed and Mark Campbell (libretto) and Laura Kaminsky (composition & concept) tells the story of a trans woman discovering her identity and learning how to love herself in a world that makes her feel like an outcast. The universal tale explores themes of identity, authenticity and compassion. We follow Hannah, a trans woman interpreted by two singers, Baritone Phillip Addis (Hannah before) and Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Bissonnette (Hannah after). The opera is written for a string quartet and comprises 15 songs that narrate important moments in the life of the main character, Hannah. OCM’s production will be enhanced by the work of stage director Eda Holmes, lighting designer Anne-Catherine Simard Deraspe, and film projections by Kimberly Reed. 

We are very excited to present the broadcast of this opera which has garnered great success in the United States and deals with themes that perfectly fit in with the spirit of our times. As a member of the LGBT+ community, I am especially proud to offer our audience this opera which illustrates the realities of the trans community” – OCM’s Executive Director Taras Kulish.

This production allows the OCM to collaborate, for the very first time, with several LGBT organizations: the LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, GRIS Montréal, the Fondation Émergence and Aide aux trans du Québec. The show will be followed by a brief discussion moderated by Tranna Wintour, trans woman and spokesperson for this project, who will be surrounded by a panel of guests.

As One
English-language chamber opera 
November 20 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 + taxes
Virtual attendance available at orchestre.ca
(the online access will remain online until December 5th)

Music by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Kimberly Reed & Mark Campbell
Film by Kimberly Reed

Sarah Bissonnette, Mezzo-Soprano
Phillip Addis, Baritone
OCM string quartet
Geneviève Leclair, Conductor
Eda Holmes, Stage Director
Anne-Catherine Simard Deraspe, Lighting Designer
Laura Kaminsky, Music and Concept
Mark Campbell et Kimberly Reed, Libretto
Kimberly Reed, Film-Projections

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