Singer becomes first transgender woman to appear at a US opera house

27 February 2018, 10:35 | Updated: 28 February 2018, 09:22

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By Lizzie Davis

Lucia Lucas will sing the role of Don Giovanni at Tulsa Opera in May 2019 making her the first trans woman to perform a principal opera role in the US

Photo: Johannes Kaplan

Lucia Lucas is a transgender woman who has a baritone voice. She'll be singing the title role in Mozart's Don Gionvanni next spring. 

Artistic director of Tulsa Opera, Tobias Picker said: “Making history, Tulsa Opera presents baritone, Lucia Lucas in her American operatic debut as a transgender woman. Lucia Lucas’ appearance here will mark the first time a trans woman has performed a principal role on the operatic stage in the United States.”

Lucia has performed in opera houses around the world, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Heidelberg and Dublin

Speaking to the Irish Independent in February 2017, Lucia explained: “Once the voice drops, it can’t go back, although I have trained my speaking voice to be higher than it used to be.

“I don't have a problem playing men on stage, because I manage to keep my career and private life separate. I’m always travelling, so I get to go to new places where I can be an advocate and talk to people.”

Lucia advocates and shares advice about opera singing on her blog.