I am currently (in a long-term, ongoing, never-ending manner) composing an opera based on the life of a fictional transgender woman named Alex. This character study opera will eventually (hopefully) consist of nine transitions (scenes), each ranging from between 15 and 40 minutes (or more or less). For Alex in Transition, I am also writing the libretto, with much research and help from two beautiful trans women. Currently, 3 scenes have been completed:
I. Alex and Psyche - After being rejected by a potential love interest in a rather emotionally
dramatic manner, Alex continues her discussion about this situation with her therapist, Psyche.
II. Alex and Amy - Wanting to finally go out on a date with a woman after transitioning, Alex asks
her best friend Amy (a Lesbian scientist and GLBT activist) out on a date. The rejection causes a rift.
III. Alex - After accepting her transgender, Alex's emotional, personal response is released in
this inner-monologue, which is a duet between her former and her present self.
The third transition has been selected to be performed in the 2014 Fort Worth Opera Frontiers Showcase.
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