Welcome to American Opera Projects,
the country’s most exciting source for new opera and music theater.
AOP is “a living, breathing workshop,” (Time Out NY) “a valuable company [that] offers a chance to look in on operas in progress by talented composers.” (The New Yorker)
AOP explodes your definition of opera: “open a door, hand somebody your ticket, and take a wild guess as to what world you’ve just fallen into.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
AOP is proud of our:
• Mentored fellowships to train composers to write for the voice
• Debuts for new works by emerging and established composers & librettists
• Resident ensemble of singers
• Apprenticeships in arts management
• Free programs for underserved community populations
• Innovative partnerships with arts & cultural institutions to expand audiences
• Education programs to introduce opera & music theater to young adults
• Full productions developed from our experimental workshop programs
"American Opera Projects is known for bringing
cutting-edge vocal productions to the masses."
“Bravo to AOP for supporting such controversial and ultimately important work.”
American Opera Projects’ mission is to champion innovative works of music theater, to expand the art form, and to identify, develop and present new works by emerging and established talent. Our goal is to create a lasting legacy of relevant music theater and to inspire new audiences with a fresh appreciation for new opera and theater.
American Opera Projects, Inc. (AOP), under the leadership of Charles Jarden, Executive Director, and Steven Osgood, Artistic Director, is a driving force behind the revitalization of contemporary opera and musical theater in the United States through its exclusive devotion to creating, developing, and presenting new American opera and music theatre projects.
Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director (1988-2001) Grethe Barrett Holby, AOP has commissioned new works from some of this country’s most talented composers and librettists, and steers projects through from initial conception to final production.
AOP productions have appeared at the Lincoln Center Festival, Skirball Center at NYU, the Guggenheim Museum, Symphony Space, the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The Goethe Institute, Berlin’s Stükke Theater, the Ensemble Theater am Petersplatz in Vienna, TADA! Children’s theater, The Center for Jewish History, 1794 Meeting House, the Daryl Roth 2 Theatre, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and at 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.
AOP is a member of OPERA America, Fort Greene Association, and Alliance of Resident Theatres/ New York (A.R.T./NY).
American Opera Projects is located in the South Oxford Space, at 138 South Oxford Street, between Atlantic Avenue and Hanson Place, in Fort Greene, near downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The building is a five story Federal style stone and brick building with “Visiting Nurses Association” carved above the entrance.
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C train to the Lafayette Ave. station in Brooklyn. Take the South Oxford St./Hanson Place exit. We are at 138 South Oxford Street, near the corner of Hanson Place.
2, 3, 4, 5, B , Q, or LIRR to Atlantic Avenue station in Brooklyn or the D, M, N, or R trains to Pacific Street. Exit the station at BAM/Hanson Place. Walk with traffic up Hanson Place five blocks. Turn right on South Oxford Street. We are on the first block on the right.
G Train to Fulton Street. Walk 3 blocks up Fulton Street to South Oxford Street. Turn right on South Oxford. Cross Hanson Place. We are located on that block.
Subway rerouting is common on weekends, so please be sure to check the MTA's website to make sure that your journey to us is not affected. www.mta.info/nyct/service/subsrvnweekend
B25, B26, B38, B52 ( Fulton Street) or B44 ( Flatbush Ave). Call (718) 330-1234 for schedules and information.
FROM MANHATTAN & BRONX: Take Canal Street going east to the Manhattan Bridge. Cross the bridge into Brooklyn. Stay in the left lane, following signs to Flatbush Avenue. (The left lane will turn into Flatbush Ave.) Make a left onto Fulton Street. Continue past the intersection of Lafayette Ave. and Fulton Street. Pass South Oxford Street and make a right on the next street, Cumberland. Make a right on Atlantic Commons and a right on South Oxford. We are on the left-hand side of that block.
West Side Hwy/Henry Hudson Pkwy or FDR to Brooklyn Bridge to Atlantic Avenue. Make a left onto Atlantic Avenue. Continue on Atlantic through the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. Make a left onto South Oxford Street.
FROM QUEENS & BRONX: Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) to Tillary Street. Make a left onto Flatbush Avenue. Make a left onto Fulton Street. Continue past the intersection of Lafayette Ave. and Fulton Street. Pass South Oxford Street and make a right on the next street, Cumberland. Make a right on Atlantic Commons and a right on South Oxford. We are on the left-hand side of that block.
FROM PHILADELPHIA: Take 95 North from Philadelphia. Get on the NJ Turnpike. Take Exit 14C to the Holland Tunnel. Once in Manhattan, take Canal Street going east. That will take you over the Manhattan Bridge. Stay in the left lane, following signs to Flatbush Avenue. (The left lane will turn into Flatbush Ave.) Make a left on to Fulton Street. Continue past the intersection of Lafayette Ave. and Fulton Street. Pass South Oxford Street and make a right on the next street, Cumberland. Make a right on Atlantic Commons and a right on South Oxford. We are on the left-hand side of that block.
FROM STATEN ISLAND: Belt Parkway to Atlantic Avenue. Continue on Atlantic through the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. Make a left onto South Oxford Street.