NEWS: Transgender Story As One Becomes Most-Produced New American Opera of the year

OPERA America magazine has announced the most-produced works by American opera companies for the 2016-2017 season. An unusual item in the list is the presence of a recently written opera, the transgender story As One, which describes the protagonist’s gender transition.

The 25 most-produced works by American opera companies in the 2016-2017 season were:

  1. Carmen
  2. Madama Butterfly
  3. Die Zauberflöte
  4. Le Nozze di Figaro
  5. Don Giovanni
  6. La Traviata
  7. Tosca
  8. Eugen Onegin
  9. Rigoletto
  10. Roméo et Juliette
  11. Aida
  12. La Boheme
  13. Lucia di Lammermoor
  14. As One
  15. My Fair Lady
  16. Die Entführung aus dem Serail
  17. Turandot
  18. Don Pasquale
  19. Falstaff
  20. Hansel und Gretel
  21. Norma
  22. Sweeney Todd
  23. Dead Man Walking
  24. Oklahoma!
  25. Il Barbiere di Siviglia

As One‘s popularity eclipsed that of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, which has been the most-performed new opera in America in recent years. As One was written by Laura Kaminsjy, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed. Notably, three of the works on this list – My Fair LadySweeney Todd, and Oklahoma! – are musicals, reflecting the more diversified programming of many such companies today.

In the current cycle, As One has been scheduled or performed by eight different opera companies for the 2017-2018 season.