Photo © Johannes Kaplan, Makeup by Dorothee Sonntag-Molz
I have studied how to be a boy for almost 30 years, and I will continue to bring that knowledge to my male roles on stage. I understand that most of my roles will be men. I have no problem playing them, as long as I don't have to play them offstage anymore.
Some people have asked about the effect of hormones on my voice. In line with almost every other case with which I am acquainted, hormones have had no effect on my voice. I have now been on hormone replacement therapy since the beginning of July 2014. As of August 2014, my hormone levels were that of a natal female, which is the target level set by my doctors.
The media response to my story has shown that my personal journey augments, rather than diminishes, the public perception of my work.
The opera world is enriched by its growing diversity.
Again, please do not hesitate to send me any questions.
Being Transgender in the Opera World
Message from Lucia
My pronouns are she/her/hers.
I am open to any questions by email.
As a young child of about 5 or 6 years old, I started to learn what boys and girls were. I knew that I was not a boy, but I was told I was not a girl.
Through performing my entire adult life, I have built up the strength to know that I could transition. The world is a much more understanding world for lgbt issues than that of the 1980's.
I am continuing with my Baritone career. I have sung over 50 performances per year for the last 10 years and I am not planning on stopping any time soon. I am proud and confident of my work, and I will continue to produce work of the highest quality.