written by J. KANELLA MARKIS
As One is revolutionary. The first opera to center on a trans lead, its creation was inspired by filmmaker Kimberly Reed’s origin, who’s a member of the community. I think people will relate to her because everyone knows how it feels like to feel uncomfortable in their own skin. A person’s relationship with gender is very intimate, because it goes beyond societal expectations. It’s the essence within a person, almost like an indescribable instinct.
Nobody outside of the trans spectrum knows how deeply the disconnection goes for those who suffer from dysphoria, but people will recognize themselves in the way the lead character navigates her identity. The way the artists incorporate this into the form of opera is a topic I’m very curious about. That’s what I’m looking forward to.