Cohen New Works presents Good Country
Good Country is a chamber opera based on true accounts of Charley Parkhurst, a trans stagecoach driver during the California Gold Rush.
Good Country will have its first workshop production as part of UT's Cohen New Works Festival. Through color- and gender-concious casting, this project will have a significant impact on the community in Austin and beyond, as one of the first operas written with a role specifically tailored for the nuances of trans classical singers’ voices. In addition to creating fantastic new roles for singers of color and bringing an unsung piece of queer history to the stage, this opera has the potential to create future career opportunities for singers whose gender journeys can otherwise limit their careers.