The American Opera Project develops original works of music theatre that spark artistic experimentation and transformative experiences. We engage with our community to bring audiences and artists together, provide collaborative training programs, and select a portfolio of works of varying sizes, tones, and themes that are relevant to 21st century audiences.



Founded in 1988, The American Opera Project (AOP) has been at the forefront of the contemporary opera movement for over thirty years through its commissioning, developing and producing of opera and music theatre projects; its training programs for students, emerging composers and librettists; and the organization’s community engagement efforts. In 2019, General Director Matt Gray and Artistic Director Mila Henry assumed leadership, changing the organization’s name from American Opera Projects to The American Opera Project, signifying a shift from being a collection of projects towards fostering a new vision for American Opera. AOP is a forward-thinking and unending artistic experiment that melds artistic genres and recognizes the operatic story in every life.

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  • JoinedJune 2009
  • HometownBrooklyn
  • Current cityBrooklyn
  • CountryUnited States


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