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San Diego Opera’s 'As One' follows the life of a transgender woman

The San Diego Opera is bringing its audiences the critically acclaimed opera  As One, about the life of a transgender woman who discovers how to accept herself despite a world that makes it difficult to do so. 

This is a timely story which touches upon issues and feelings prevalent within the LGBT community through music and words. 

Opera News said in their review of past performances, As One, "haunts and challenges its audience with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace." 

The New York Times applauded its profound messages:  "As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy." 

And the Los Angeles Times commented “No one grows up easily. Every first date is a trial. We all have issues with family. The point of “As One” is that we all are one.” 

Here is the synopsis: 

Hannah knows there are things about her that society says she must hide…the thrill of wearing a blouse, her expressive penmanship, and other impulses that society says are wrong. 

Then one day, she hears the word that describes who she is. The real word. The magic word. 

Take the journey with Hannah from her youth in a small town, through college, and finally to a place where she learns to accept herself for who she is. 

Transgender rights are a hot button topic in today’s news.  

As One strips the issue bare to one human being’s personal and emotional story with a beautiful score illuminated by empathy and humor. Two voices, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, share the sole protagonist role in an intimate chamber opera featuring the Hausmann Quartet. Stay for Act II, a talk-back with the cast and creators of the opera, including Kimberly Reed, who made the renowned documentary, Prodigal Sons. 

The approximate run time is 2 hours and 20 minutes - the opera is approximately 90 minutes and Act II talk-back is approximately 45 minutes. 

For tickets and more information on this special presentation click HERE.  

Performance Schedule: Friday, November 10, 2017, 7 pm: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7 pm Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1 pm* 

*Please note earlier start time for the Sunday matinee of As One