Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano, and Kelly Markgraf, baritone, sing "To Know" from the Opera Colorado production of Laura Kaminsky's chamber opera "As One." Recorded Feb. 22, 2017, in the CPR Performance Studio.

CPR Classical is gearing up to broadcast Opera Colorado's recent production of "As One." It's a unique chamber opera that's been performed in 10 cities since its debut in 2014.

CPR Classical will air Opera Colorado’s production twice:

  • Saturday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m.  

The 75-minute opera tells the story of a transgender protagonist named Hannah as she grapples with her identity.  
 
Two singers, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, play Hannah. They're the only singers onstage. The music is similarly stripped down, with just a string quartet and conductor instead of a full pit orchestra.

Opera Colorado's cast recently gave us a preview of "To Know" -- a key moment in the opera in which Hannah heads to the public library to research the word "trangsgender" -- in the CPR Performance Studio. Watch it in the video link above.

Librettist Mark Campbell, who created the opera with composer Laura Kaminsky and filmmaker/co-librettist Kimberly Reed, recently talked with Colorado Matters about the project's development. Campbell penned the libretto for several well-received operas and mentors composers at the University of Colorado in Boulder.