American Opera Projects
American Opera Projects (AOP) is a professional opera company based in New York City, NY and is a member of OPERA America, the Fort Greene Association, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./NY). The company's primary mission is to develop and present new works. World premieres produced by the company include Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking (2008), Stefan Weisman's Darkling (2006) and Paula Kimper's Patience & Sarah (1998). Works developed by the company include Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness (2011).
The company was founded in 1988 by Grethe Barrett Holby who served as Artistic Director of AOP from 1988 until 2001, at which point Charles Jarden became the company's Executive Director and Steven Osgood the company's Artistic Director. Amongst the venues and festivals where AOP productions have appeared are the Lincoln Center Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, Symphony Space, Philadelphia's Annenberg Center, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Berlin's Stükke Theater, Aleksander Fredro Teatr in Poland and the Ensemble Theater am Petersplatz in Vienna. It has also given many out-of-doors performances sponsored by the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation. AOP won a 2005 Encore award from the Arts & Business Council of NY for its innovative work.
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