Trans Man sings MTF role in Alamo City Opera ‘AS ONE’
Liz Bouk just came out as a transgender man a year and a half ago is performing the part of ‘Hannah after’ in “AS ONE”, an opera about transitioning from male to female.
“Liz Bouk describes himself on Instagram as a:
“Mezzo in Manhattan. Onstage I’ll portray any character & gender you can imagine.
Offstage I’m a dude. he/his/him”
Deborah Martin talked to Liz Bouk about his experience going to the 2015 premiere of “As One,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
“I didn’t have tickets, so I had to wait in this long line, and in the line, I met my first transgender person,” Bouk said. “It was a trans woman, and for the first time, she was wearing women’s clothing in public. And we had this long conversation, and I was in tears.”
Bouk shed more tears at the end of the piece, which explores the character’s journey to find her true self as she transitions. Two singers play the role. Hannah before, whose part of the story includes childhood, is sung by a baritone; Hannah after is sung by a mezzo-soprano.
“Some parts of it are really dysphoric because it’s the opposite of my own journey,” he said. “But other parts are completely true. Then there are other parts where it’s like, ‘Well, I’m an actor. And I’m playing a part.’
Liz Bouk is cast to perform in the last scheduled performance of “AS ONE” at the Merkin Concert Hall/American Opera Projects/New York City Opera, May/June 2019
Bouk talks about his life, sacrifices, and love of the Opera during this BOLD. Nov 5, 2018 interview.
“As One” can be seen at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Buena Vista Theater on the downtown campus of UTSA, 501 W. César Chávez. Tickets range from $15 to $50 at brownpapertickets.com. Info, alamocityopera.org.
Please remember Transgender is an adjective, not a verb. One does not “transgender,” they transition. Transgender is not a noun. “Jake is a transgender” is not only grammatically incorrect, but can be offensive.
The opening night sold out but tickets available for Sunday’s performance of the critically acclaimed transgender-themed opera ‘AS ONE’ at the Alamo city opera.