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As One – An Open Rehearsal, part of The Process Series
October 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pmFree
As One – Panel Discussion / Open Rehearsal
Directed by Tracy Bersley with Music by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
Join members of the cast, including voice professor Marc Callahan, for an open rehearsal and discussion of the chamber opera As One, presented at Carolina Performing Arts in February 2020. There is Hannah before, and there is Hannah after. In As One, two voices share the part of a sole transgender protagonist, tracing Hannah’s experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years.
In this open rehearsal, audience members will be taken behind the scenes to observe the process of staging this innovative chamber opera. Through discussions and the presentation of one or two selections from the opera, this will be a physical and vocal exploration of how one character can live in two bodies. Soprano Melina Jaharis is the second trans and gender nonconforming person to perform the role of Hannah After and they will speak to the significance of this moment and what their involvement in this project means to them personally and professionally.
In their own words about the project, Melina says,
“I use both they/them and she/her pronouns. Sometimes people imply that I am a cisgender woman and that causes personal gender dysphoria. I read the libretto itself as though it did not have the connection to Kimberly Reed’s life and it was simply describing Hannah, a character that I would examine on my own. It leaves Hannah implying that there’s more to her gender than a heteronormative binary. She says ‘My [hand]writing is not Like a girl’s, Or like a boy’s, It is mine, It is free,’ I want to highlight that although Hannah undergoes hormone replacement therapy (HRT), this language implies that Hannah might consider also using they/them pronouns in addition to she/her. Hannah might not be a binary transwoman. Some transgender people who transition medically still identify with the nebulous place that is non-binary or gender nonconforming.”
This workshop is part of UNC’s Process Series and is co-hosted by the UNC-CH Department of Music and Carolina Performing Arts. The full production of As One will be coming to CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio at Carolina Performing Arts in February. To find out more about the performances, click here. As One is also sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Center, Countering Hate, and the Provost Committee on LGBTQ life.