After a hiatus, I’m happy share a new installment of New Music Monday. In honor of Pride month, I will be sharing works composed by LGBTQ+ composers and works dealing with LGBTQ+ topics. This week’s featured composer is Anthony R. Green.
A composer, performer, and social justice artist, Anthony R. Green is currently a postgraduate fellow at the Berlin University of the Arts. In addition to his own creative work that addresses social injustice, he is a co-founder of Castle of our Skins, an organization dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music.
The work I have selected to share comes from an ongoing opera project, Alex in Transition, which centers around a trans woman named Alex. This particular scene, “Alex & Amy” focuses on the complicated relationship between Alex and her best friend, for whom she has had secret romantic feelings. I don’t want to give away too much of the narrative for first-time viewing, but I was struck by how poignantly Green shows discrimination & bias that can occur even within the LGBTQ+ community. Check out the video recording below from One Ounce Opera’s production in 2018 as part of the 3rd annual Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera. If you would like to learn more about Anthony R. Green and read his Q&A with One Ounce Opera, be sure to also check out the links below the video.