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The American Opera Project
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AOP's mission is to develop and present new and innovative works of lyric theater, provide a creative home to emerging and established artists, and engage contemporary communities in a transformative operatic experience.  

THE AMERICAN OPERA PROJECT (AOP)

VISION
The American Opera Project is a vision, an unending experiment in storytelling with the central premise that each life is an operatic story waiting to be told - and each telling of that story is an operatic experience waiting to happen. We are a home for artists to learn, experiment, and create. We are a family of innovators in vocal storytelling. We will be beautiful. We will be dangerous. We will laugh at ourselves. We will always remember that feeling precedes thought, entertainment precedes enlightenment, and wonder precedes belief. And we will join our audience with respect, passion, and a desire to share a moment in time that will last for years to come. 

HISTORY
In 2019, American Opera Projects became The American Opera Project. But we are still AOP.  As AOP, we continue a proud legacy of being at the forefront of the contemporary opera movement for over thirty years through the commissioning, developing, and producing of opera and music-theatre projects, training programs for student and emerging composers and librettists, and community engagement.  

AOP is recognized for its cross-genre experimentation in works such as the dance chamber opera Hagoromo starring Wendy Whelan (BAM, 2015) and the interdisciplinary work Darkling (East 13th Street Theatre, 2006), which combines poetry, music and projection; stories of African-American history including The Summer King (Pittsburgh Opera, 2017) and Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (Irondale, 2014); and numerous groundbreaking works on LGBTQ themes like Paul’s Case (UrbanArias, 2015), based on the short story by Willa Cather, Patience & Sarah (Lincoln Center Festival, 1998), the first opera about a lesbian relationship, and the chamber opera As One (BAM, 2014), the first opera about a transgender person. As One, which was developed and premiered by AOP, has since become the most-produced opera written in the 21st century, with over two dozen separate productions.  

Additional AOP world premieres include Today It Rains (co-production with Opera Parallèle, 2019), Savage Winter (co-production with Pittsburgh Opera, 2018), The Echo Drift (co-production with PROTOTYPE, 2018) and The Blind (co-production with Lincoln Center Festival, 2013).  

Operas that were developed by AOP and premiered with partner organizations include The Summer King (Michigan Opera Theatre, 2018 and Pittsburgh Opera, 2017), Lucy (UrbanArias, 2017 and Milwaukee Opera Theatre, 2014), Independence Eve (UrbanArias, 2017), The Scarlet Ibis (PROTOTYPE, 2015), Paul's Case (PROTOTYPE and Pittsburgh Opera, 2014; UrbanArias, 2013), Séance on a Wet Afternoon (New York City Opera, 2011), Before Night Falls (Fort Worth Opera, 2010) and Heart of Darkness (Opera Parallèle, 2015 and London's Royal Opera House, 2011).    

AOP further expands the operatic field through its training programs The NYU Opera Lab, in partnership with NYU and for students and alumni in The NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and Composers & the Voice, AOP’s in-house, two-year fellowship program for emerging composers and librettists.  

Founded in 1988 by Grethe Barret Holby in a loft apartment in SoHo, AOP began as a salon for friends to share new music (Jonathan Larson even appeared once to test out music from a certain show he was writing based on La bohème). As Artistic Director from 1988-2001, Holby grew AOP into a non-profit arts company, producing workshops and small-scale chamber operas across New York City. Charles Jarden became General Director in 1998 and brought American Opera Projects into its second phase. Jarden moved AOP’s headquarters to Fort Greene, Brooklyn, expanded its community performances, instituted training programs for emerging composers, and formed partnerships across the nation to premiere the operas it continued to develop. In 2019, Matt Gray, who had been with AOP since 2003, was promoted to General Director and longtime AOP music director Mila Henry was appointed its new Artistic Director. Together, they are forging new terrain as The American Opera Project, signifying a shift from being a collection of projects towards fostering a new vision for American Opera.

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AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS

Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, American Opera Projects (AOP) is at the forefront of the contemporary opera movement through its commissioning, developing, and producing of opera and music theatre projects, training programs for student and emerging composers and librettists, and community engagement.

Recent AOP world premieres include Savage Winter (Pittsburgh Opera, 2018), The Echo Drift (PROTOTYPE Festival 2018), Three Way (Nashville Opera & BAM 2017), Hagoromo starring Wendy Whelan (BAM, 2015), Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (Irondale Center, 2014), and The Blind (co-production with Lincoln Center Festival, 2013). As One, a chamber opera by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed that follows a transgender person’s acceptance of identity, was developed and premiered by AOP in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and has since become the most produced opera written in the 21st Century with over two dozen separate productions.

Operas that were created in AOP’s development program First Chance and premiered with co-producers include The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera (2017) and Michigan Opera Theatre (2018), Lucy and Independence Eve at Urban Arias (2017),  The Scarlet Ibis at PROTOTYPE Festival (2015), Paul's Case at Urban Arias (2013) and PROTOTYPE Festival and Pittsburgh Opera (2014), Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera (2011), Before Night Falls at Fort Worth Opera (2010) and Heart of Darkness at London's Royal Opera House (2011) and Opera Parallèle (2015).  

AOP further expands the operatic field through its opera writing training programs in partnership with NYU and Hunter College and its in-house, two-year fellowship program for emerging artists, Composers & the Voice, currently in its ninth season.

AOP is a member of OPERA America, Fort Greene Association, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, the New York Opera Alliance, and Alliance of Resident Theatres/ New York (A.R.T./NY). American Opera Projects is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

www.aopopera.org

 AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS

Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, American Opera Projects (AOP) is at the forefront of the contemporary opera movement through its commissioning, developing, and producing of opera and music theatre projects, training programs for student and emerging composers and librettists, and community engagement.

Recent AOP world premieres include Savage Winter (Pittsburgh Opera, 2018), The Echo Drift (PROTOTYPE Festival 2018), Three Way (Nashville Opera & BAM 2017), Hagoromo starring Wendy Whelan (BAM, 2015), Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (Irondale Center, 2014), and The Blind (co-production with Lincoln Center Festival, 2013). As One, a chamber opera by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed that follows a transgender person’s acceptance of identity, was developed and premiered by AOP in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and has since become the most produced opera written in the 21st Century with over two dozen separate productions.

Operas that were created in AOP’s development program First Chance and premiered with co-producers include The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera (2017) and Michigan Opera Theatre (2018), Lucy and Independence Eve at Urban Arias (2017),  The Scarlet Ibis at PROTOTYPE Festival (2015), Paul's Case at Urban Arias (2013) and PROTOTYPE Festival and Pittsburgh Opera (2014), Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera (2011), Before Night Falls at Fort Worth Opera (2010) and Heart of Darkness at London's Royal Opera House (2011) and Opera Parallèle (2015).  

AOP further expands the operatic field through its opera writing training programs in partnership with NYU and Hunter College and its in-house, two-year fellowship program for emerging artists, Composers & the Voice, currently in its ninth season.

AOP is a member of OPERA America, Fort Greene Association, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, the New York Opera Alliance, and Alliance of Resident Theatres/ New York (A.R.T./NY). American Opera Projects is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

www.aopopera.org

AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS
 
Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, American Opera Projects (AOP) is at the forefront of the contemporary opera movement through its commissioning, developing, and producing of opera and music theatre projects, training programs for student and emerging composers and librettists, and community engagement. 
 
Recent AOP world premieres include Savage Winter (Pittsburgh Opera, 2018), The Echo Drift (PROTOTYPE Festival 2018), Three Way (Nashville Opera & BAM 2017), Hagoromo starring Wendy Whelan (BAM, 2015), Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (Irondale Center, 2014), and The Blind (co-production with Lincoln Center Festival, 2013). As One, a chamber opera by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed that follows a transgender person’s acceptance of identity, was developed and premiered by AOP in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and has since become the most produced opera written in the 21st Century with over two dozen separate productions. 
 
Operas that were created in AOP’s development program First Chance and premiered with co-producers include The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera (2017) and Michigan Opera Theatre (2018), Lucy and Independence Eve at Urban Arias (2017),  The Scarlet Ibis at PROTOTYPE Festival (2015), Paul's Case at Urban Arias (2013) and PROTOTYPE Festival and Pittsburgh Opera (2014), Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera (2011), Before Night Falls at Fort Worth Opera (2010) and Heart of Darkness at London's Royal Opera House (2011) and Opera Parallèle (2015).  
 
AOP further expands the operatic field through its opera writing training programs in partnership with NYU and Hunter College and its in-house, two-year fellowship program for emerging artists, Composers & the Voice, currently in its ninth season.
 
AOP is a member of OPERA America, Fort Greene Association, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, the New York Opera Alliance, and Alliance of Resident Theatres/ New York (A.R.T./NY). American Opera Projects is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
 
www.aopopera.org
 
 
 

AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS

 

Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, American Opera Projects (AOP) is at the forefront of the contemporary opera movement through its commissioning, developing, and producing of opera and music theatre projects, training programs for student and emerging composers and librettists, and community engagement.

 

Recent AOP world premieres include Savage Winter (Pittsburgh Opera, 2018), The Echo Drift (PROTOTYPE Festival 2018), Three Way (Nashville Opera & BAM 2017), Hagoromo starring Wendy Whelan (BAM, 2015), Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (Irondale Center, 2014), and The Blind (co-production with Lincoln Center Festival, 2013). As One, a chamber opera by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed that follows a transgender person’s acceptance of identity, was developed and premiered by AOP in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and has since become one of the most produced operas written in the 21st Century with over two dozen separate productions.

 

Operas that were created in AOP’s development program First Chance and premiered with co-producers include The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera (2017) and Michigan Opera Theatre (2018), Lucy and Independence Eve at Urban Arias (2017),  The Scarlet Ibis at PROTOTYPE Festival (2015), Paul's Case at Urban Arias (2013) and PROTOTYPE Festival and Pittsburgh Opera (2014), Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera (2011), Before Night Falls at Fort Worth Opera (2010) and Heart of Darkness at London's Royal Opera House (2011) and Opera Parallèle (2015). 

 

AOP further expands the operatic field through its opera writing training programs in partnership with NYU and Hunter College and its in-house, two-year fellowship program for emerging artists, Composers & the Voice, currently in its ninth season.

 

AOP is a member of OPERA America, Fort Greene Association, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, the New York Opera Alliance, and Alliance of Resident Theatres/ New York (A.R.T./NY). American Opera Projects is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

 

www.aopopera.orgAMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS

 

Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, American Opera Projects (AOP) is at the forefront of the contemporary opera movement through its commissioning, developing, and producing of opera and music theatre projects, training programs for student and emerging composers and librettists, and community engagement.

 

Recent AOP world premieres include Savage Winter (Pittsburgh Opera, 2018), The Echo Drift (PROTOTYPE Festival 2018), Three Way (Nashville Opera & BAM 2017), Hagoromo starring Wendy Whelan (BAM, 2015), Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (Irondale Center, 2014), and The Blind (co-production with Lincoln Center Festival, 2013). As One, a chamber opera by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed that follows a transgender person’s acceptance of identity, was developed and premiered by AOP in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and has since become one of the most produced operas written in the 21st Century with over two dozen separate productions.

 

Operas that were created in AOP’s development program First Chance and premiered with co-producers include The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera (2017) and Michigan Opera Theatre (2018), Lucy and Independence Eve at Urban Arias (2017),  The Scarlet Ibis at PROTOTYPE Festival (2015), Paul's Case at Urban Arias (2013) and PROTOTYPE Festival and Pittsburgh Opera (2014), Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera (2011), Before Night Falls at Fort Worth Opera (2010) and Heart of Darkness at London's Royal Opera House (2011) and Opera Parallèle (2015). 

 

AOP further expands the operatic field through its opera writing training programs in partnership with NYU and Hunter College and its in-house, two-year fellowship program for emerging artists, Composers & the Voice, currently in its ninth season.

 

AOP is a member of OPERA America, Fort Greene Association, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, the New York Opera Alliance, and Alliance of Resident Theatres/ New York (A.R.T./NY). American Opera Projects is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

 

www.aopopera.org

FirstMILastTitle
Matthew  GrayGeneral Director
Mila HenryArtistic Director
Emily ManzoAssoc. Director of Development
Charles  JardenDirector of Strategic Initiatives
Meagan BrusDirector of Marketing and Communications
Joel KalowAssoc. General Manager
W. Wilson JonesResident Production Stage Manager
TitleComposerLibrettistOpening Night
Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom Nkeiru Okoye Nkeiru OkoyeFriday, May 1, 2020
As One Laura Kaminsky Kimberly Reed, Mark CampbellThursday, May 30, 2019
The Summer King Daniel Sonenberg Daniel Nester, Daniel SonenbergSaturday, May 12, 2018
The Companion Robert Paterson David CoteThursday, June 15, 2017
Safe Word Robert Paterson David CoteThursday, June 15, 2017
Masquerade Robert Paterson David CoteThursday, June 15, 2017
As One Laura Kaminsky Kimberly Reed, Mark CampbellFriday, September 5, 2014
This is the rill speaking Lee Hoiby Mark ShulgasserSaturday, April 26, 2008
Unruly Horses Vladimir Vysotsky Moni YakimSunday, January 20, 2008
Heart of Darkness Tarik O'Regan Tom PhillipsFriday, November 9, 2007
Romulus Louis Karchin Louis KarchinSaturday, May 5, 2007
Darkling Stefan Weisman Anna RabinowitzThursday, February 2, 2006
Lost Childhood Janice Hamer Mary AzraelSunday, May 1, 2005
Before Night Falls Jorge Martin Jorge Martín with Dolores M. Ko, Martin, Jorge/Koch, Dolores M.Sunday, May 1, 2005
Tone Test Nick Brooke Nick BrookeThursday, July 1, 2004
Tone Test Nick Brooke Nick BrookeWednesday, October 1, 2003
A Hunger Artist Lance Horne Mark CampbellWednesday, October 1, 2003
Marina: A Captive Spirit Deborah Drattell Annie FinchThursday, May 1, 2003
The Upside Down Boy Cristian Amigo Juan Felipe HerreraSunday, February 2, 2003
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Paula Kimper Paula KimperSunday, February 2, 2003
Fireworks Kitty Brazelton Billy AronsonTuesday, July 2, 2002
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Richard Peaslee Kenneth CavanderWednesday, October 10, 2001
Lost Childhood Janice Hamer Mary AzraelTuesday, April 4, 2000
Flurry Tale Rusty Magee Billy AronsonSunday, December 12, 1999
Patience and Sarah Paula Kimper Wende PersonsTuesday, July 7, 1998
Patience and Sarah Paula Kimper Wende PersonsThursday, June 6, 1996
Memoirs of Uliana Rooney Vivian Fine Sonya FriedmanSunday, May 5, 1996
Patience and Sarah Paula Kimper Wende PersonsMonday, May 1, 1995
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