AOP’s mission is to identify, develop and present innovative works of opera and music theater by established and emerging American artists, and to engage our audiences in unique and transformative theatrical experiences.
At the forefront of the contemporary opera movement for a quarter-century, AOP (American Opera Projects, Inc.) creates, develops and presents opera and music theatre projects collaborating with young, rising and established artists in the field.
AOP has produced over 25 world premieres, most recently Kaminsky/Reed/Campbell's As One, Nkeiru Okoye's Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom, Lera Auerbach's The Blind, a co-production with Lincoln Center Festival. Notable premieres include Kimper/Persons' Patience & Sarah (1998), Weisman/Rabinowitz's Darkling (2006), Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking (2008), and Phil Kline's Out Cold (2012) at BAM.
AOP-developed operas that premiered with co-producers: Stefan Weisman's The Scarlet Ibis at PROTOTYPE Festival (2015), Gregory Spears's Paul's Case at Urban Arias (2013) and PROTOTYPE Festival (2014), Kamran Ince's Judgment of Midas at Milwaukee Opera Theatre (2013), Jack Perla's Love/Hate at ODC Theater with San Francisco Opera (2012), Stephen Schwartz's Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera (2011), Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness at London's Royal Opera House (2011), and Jorge Martín's Before Night Falls at Fort Worth Opera (2010).
AOP productions have appeared at London’s Royal Opera House, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center Festival, New York City Opera, Fort Worth Opera, the Skirball Center, the Guggenheim Museum, Symphony Space, the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, at many out-of-doors performances sponsored by the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation.
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.