new ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of american opera projects

Brooklyn, NY – American Opera Projects (AOP)’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of two new inspiring, artistic leaders who will continue the organization’s 30-year legacy of creating contemporary opera in the US. Effective July 1, 2019, Matt Gray, who currently serves as AOP’s Producing Director, will become General Director, and Mila Henry will join the company as Artistic Director.

Matt Gray will be the third General Director in the Brooklyn non-profit’s 30-year history, following Grethe Barrett Holby, who founded AOP in 1988, and current General Director Charles Jarden who has led the company since 2002. Jarden will help guide the organization’s leadership transition in the newly-created role of Director of Strategic Partnerships. Mila Henry will be the company’s first Artistic Director since Steven Osgood held the position from 2002-2008.

“Matt Gray and Mila Henry represent a new generation in contemporary opera management,” said General Director Charles Jarden. “It has been a privilege for me to have collaborated so closely with Matt over the last fifteen years. He knows our company inside and out, is well-respected by the Board, and understands the Brooklyn community and the Company’s unique place in the culture of new opera. Along with Mila Henry, I know the company will be in great hands. I look forward to jumping in immediately and helping to launch a new era.”

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