Lauded for her “sublime” playing (Feast of Music) and heralding orchestral scores of “incredible range and color” (OperaPulse), Mila Henry is an integral member of New York’s contemporary opera and music theater community. Comfortable leading from both the piano and the podium, her versatility has allowed her to assist in a variety of roles in a range of styles– whether opera, musical theater, or somewhere in between.

A frequent collaborator of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, she has participated in all five PROTOTYPE festivals, from performer in Thumbprint (also for the West Coast Premiere, LA Opera), Mata Hari and Acquanetta (PROTOTYPE 2018) to répétiteur for The Scarlet Ibis and Angel’s Bone (Pulitzer Prize: Music). Additional BMP shows include Persona (with Either/Or), the difficulty of crossing a field (released on Cantaloupe Music), Song from the UproarAnatomy Theater and Ouroboros Trilogy.

From 2010-14, Mila was Resident Music Director at American Opera Projects, where she was Assistant Conductor for As One (BAM), The Blind (Lincoln Center Festival), and Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (Irondale Center). She participated in numerous developmental performances, including Judgment of Midas, Love/Hate, The Wanton Sublime, Independence Eve and She, After. She is currently Head of Music for their Composers & the Voice fellowship program with conductor Steven Osgood.

Her time at AOP connected her to the world of “indie opera”, notably introducing her to BMP and HERE as well as fellow opera producers American Lyric Theater and Opera on Tap, and the national organization OPERA America. No stranger to OA’s National Opera Center, Mila premiered their song cycle Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin with mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson (Library of Congress) and accompanied their Creators in Concert presentations for Missy Mazzoli, Anthony Davis and Kamala Sankaram (fall 2017).

Other notable projects include playing piano and synth for Opera Philadelphia’s We Shall Not Be Moved at their inaugural Festival O (September 2017); serving as Vocal Director for Ripe Time’s Obie-winning The World is Round (BAM); tickling the ivories at 54 Below with her cabaret partner John C. Hume; and co-producing A Mouth is Not for Talking with soprano Laura Bohn, a two-woman version of La voix humaine for National Sawdust’s Spring Revolution festival. In 2010, she purchased a more portable instrument– a ukulele– a decision which has lead her to double on keys and uke with both Experiments in Opera (Symphony Space) and the band Opera Cowgirls.

Mila holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Elizabethtown College. A native of the Philadelphia area, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, guitarist James Moore.

(August 2017)




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