Trans woman to play Don Giovanni in historic moment for US opera

Lucia Lucas to play one of the genre’s best-known protagonists in casting that ‘opens doors for trans singers’

A production of Don Giovanni opening this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, stars a transgender woman in the title role.

While operas around trans themes are starting to emerge, Tulsa’s take on Mozart’s classic represents the first time a professional opera company in the United States has hired a trans person to sing the lead in a standard work.

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