A thoughtful journey through questions of identity, empathy, compassion, and humanity.

We open our season 2017/18 the Chicago premiere of “As One.” In this intimate show, a mezzo-soprano and baritone represent a single transgender protagonist, Hannah. As One takes us alongside as she seeks to resolve the discord between the truth of her own self and the world around her.

“This is a story that people can relate to whether they’re trans or not…I think we all grow and change and transition from one thing to another. And to confirm that you can unclog your world, being yourself instead of being this fabrication that everyone is telling yourself they’re supposed to be, that’s a very powerful thing.”

-Kimberly Reed (co-librettist, filmmaker)

Music & Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed



Hannah After
Hannah Before

Artistic Team

Stage Director
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Shanna Philipson
Stage Manager
String Quartet
Rehearsal Pianist
Alexander Kirillov


Two voices tell a deeply human transgender story 'As One'

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Fringe Opera has emerged as the most consistently impressive of the city’s storefront opera companies. The upstart troupe discerningly chooses edgy, contemporary works and pulls them off successfully with thoughtful casting and modest but effective stagings.

Chicago Classical Review

The 161-seat theater was a perfect fit for this intimate chamber opera, and should help give the company, work, and art form of opera itself a deserved wider audience.



Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, & the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Chicago Fringe Opera is an Opera America Partner.