American Opera Projects Names New Leadership

By Francisco Salazar

The American Opera Projects’ Board of Directors has announced the appointment of new artistic leaders who will continue the organization’s 30-year legacy of creating contemporary opera in the U.S. Effective July 1, 2019.

Matt Gray will become General Director and Mila Henry will join the company as Artistic Director.

“It was a unanimous decision on the part of the Board to appoint Matt as the next General Director both for continuity of AOPs mission but also for his innovative vision to keep the organization at the cutting edge as we move into the future,” Sarah Moulton Faux, of the AOP Board of Directors said in a press statement. “Both he and Mila have been incredible assets to the AOP team under Charles Jarden’s skilled leadership, and we look forward to continuing AOP’s legacy of groundbreaking new works.”

Gray will be the third General Director in the Brooklyn non-profit’s 30-year history. Previous General directors include Grethe Barrett Holby, who founded AOP in 1988, and  Charles Jarden who has led the company since 2002.

Meanwhile, Henry will be the company’s first Artistic Director since Steven Osgood held the position from 2002-2008.