Lucas Bouk Transgender Opera Singer Debuts as Baritone at On Site Opera

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Before 2021, Lucas Bouk was a transgender opera singer living as Mr. Liz and performing as a mezzo-soprano. They had anxiety about physically transitioning with testosterone and the changes that would make on their voice as a performer. Now, Lucas has embraced his true-self and living as a transgender-man and gearing up to make his career debut as a baritone next weekend, August 14-15 with On Site Opera at Little Island, NYC!

He will be singing in OSO’s Tapestry of New York piece– part of Little Island’s NYC FREE Festival and performing Perfect Boy from the transgender story As One. 

Five Performances of The Perfect Pig and Tapestry of New York Celebrate the Indomitable Spirit of New York City — NYC FREE, a new festival presented by Little Island as part of the park’s inaugural season. Offering two days of family friendly and free opera in The Glade, one of the new performance venues at Little Island, August 14 and 15, the company will present the New York premiere of the mini opera, The Perfect Pig and Tapestry of New York, a concert of arias celebrating the stories of the city and the spirit of its people.

With music by Phillip Wharton and libretto by Janet Burroway, The Perfect Pig follows a young pig on a charming journey of self-discovery, only to find that in the end, they are perfect just the way they are. A short story with a moral of self-acceptance and love sung by baritone Nicholas Davis and played by pianist Candace Chien. Puppet Kitchen created the large-scale puppet as the title character in this New York premiere.

Tapestry of New York is a short concert highlighting the varied and diverse voices of our beloved city by some of NYC’s most exciting emerging artists. The program includes the world premiere of Joy’s Aria from H. Lawrence Freeman’s jazz opera American Romance performed by soprano Chantal Freeman; Jessie Montgomery’s Loisaida, my love, performed by mezzo soprano Rosario Armas and cellist Elanor Norton in a tribute to the poet Bimbo Rivas, a Puerto Rican native whose community activism helped transform the Lower East Side; “Perfect Boy” from the transgender story As Onefeaturing transgender artist Lucas Bouk in his baritone debut; and Leonard Bernstein’s toe-tapping New York, New Yorkperformed by tenor Brian R. Jeffers.

“There is no better venue for our official return to live performances after more than a year away than the stunning surroundings of Little Island,” explains General and Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn. “We are thrilled to be a part of the fabric of this inaugural festival while providing free community programming to audiences of all ages and introducing the city’s youngest ears to opera.”

The company will continue with live performances August 28-September 2 with What Lies Beneath, a partnership with the South Street Seaport Museum on the tall ship Wavertree. An immersive musical experience aboard the ship’s main deck, audiences will hear and see six unique vignettes intended to connect audiences to the complex and tragic stories surrounding American maritime history, both through the enslavement of African people and through novelist Herman Melville’s tragic heroes. Tickets are now on sale at


The Perfect Pig will offer three live and in person performances each day, August 14-15 at 11:00 a.m., 11:35 a.m., and 12:10 p.m. The running time is 15-minutes.

Tapestry of New York will offer two live and in person performances each day, August 14-15 at 1:15 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The running time is 20-minutes.

All admission is FREE! Tickets required for all performances in The Amph. Timed Entry passes required for park entry after 12:00PM. More info at


Little Island Park is located in the Hudson River off of the West Side Highway with entrances at West 13th and 14th Streets.

Little Island Park is accessible by the A, C, E, and L trains located at 14th Street and 8th Avenue (ADA accessible); the 1, 2, and 3 trains located at 14th Street and 7th Avenue; and the F and M trains located at 14th Street and 6th Avenue.


Unvaccinated guests are asked to maintain a 6-foot distance between individuals not of the same party and wear a mask or face covering when coming into close contact with others. A mask or face covering will be required inside public restrooms.

Last modified: August 7, 2021