The American Opera Project (AOP) is a non-profit organization based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn whose mission is to develop and present new and innovative works of lyric theater, provide resources and opportunities to emerging and established artists, and engage contemporary communities in a transformative operatic experience.
The Opera Cowgirls are an all-girl band comprised of professional musicians Caitlin McKechney (founder), Sarah Beckham-Turner, Mila Henry, Maria Maxfield and Jessica Sandidge. Known for their ability to sing Puccini to Parton, the Cowgirls have performed in dive bars, jazz clubs and community events spanning the Texas Panhandle to the Sunshine State, the Big Apple to New England. With a combination of upscale voices and down-home instruments, this is truly where Grand Opera meets the Grand Ole Opry.
Voices of Women: From Unknown to Renowned began in a workshop that soprano Heather Fetrow attended called The Twenty-First Century Singer, grew further to encompass the goal of honoring female composers, and now stands on its own both as an album and recital series. Its conception coincided with the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. in January 2017, which lent a sense of timeliness to the project. With its unique focus of songs composed by women as well as songs about women, the project brings to the fore the vast social change the world is undergoing in respect to women in society. We dedicate Voices of Women to the many women who have overcome prejudice and bias to sing their songs.