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New Documentary Follows Trans Opera Star Lucia Lucas
Lucia Lucas made history in 2019 as the first transgender woman to perform a principal role on the opera stage in the U.S. as she sang the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni at Tulsa Opera. A new documentary from James Kicklighter, titled The Sound of Identity, follows her journey leading up to her barrier-breaking bow. The film will stream (to Florida-based IP addresses only) August 24–28 as part of the OUTshine Film Festival; additional release plans to come. In the meantime, check out the trailer above.
A Birmingham Partnership
The U.K.'s Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Repertory Theatre have formed a new partnership with the mission to stage new dance pieces in the heart of the city. The triple bill, including the world premiere of the Will Tuckett-choreographed Lazuli Sky, will play four performances running October 22–24 at The REP. The show will be filmed for on-demand streaming the following month.
Ride the Liminal Highway
Composer Christopher Cerrone and flutist Tim Munro have released a new EP, Liminal Highway, on New Focus Recordings. The five-movement piece is inspired by a poem by John K. Samson (lead singer-songwriter for the Canada-based band The Weakerthans) and explores the limbo state between sleeping and waking. Watch a filmed version, filmed aboard the abandoned SS United States, below. The work was co-commissioned by Miller Theatre and premiered there in November 2016.