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CHARLES JARDEN, GENERAL DIRECTOR

Charles Jarden previously held positions at The Santa Fe Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia and assisted directors for new productions at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Hong Kong May Festival and at companies throughout the US and Europe.  Charles started with AOP in 1988 as a founding board member, becoming staff, and then in 2002, Executive Director. He has guided the AOP’s innovative collaborations with institutions such as Lincoln Center Festival (3 premiere productions), the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the International Vocal Arts Institute, Tel Aviv, and at theatres in GermanyVienna, Poland and the UK.  

Charles and AOP have received awards from OPERA America for “ten years of dynamic leadership,” and The New York City Arts and Business Council’s Encore! Award recognizing new ways to bridge for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. 

Away from AOP, Charles has had professional associations with singers Jessye Norman and Renato Capecchi and conductor/impresario John Crosby.  Charles was collaborating with Crosby on a memoir about Santa Fe Opera’s founding at the time of Crosby’s death.  Charles lives in historic Fort Greene, Brooklyn and serves as Chairman of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. Charles is leading the Conservancy’s multi-million dollar campaign, in association with NYC Parks, to restore 34-acre Fort Greene Park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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