AOP-commissioned operas and operas supported by AOP are given readings and workshops at the South Oxford Space, 138 S. Oxford St, Brooklyn, and other performing spaces, enabling composers and librettists to present works-in-progress before an audience. In commissioning a new work or granting a fellowship to creators, AOP will assist in its development by taking it through the reading and workshop process.
American Opera Projects is currently restructuring its submission policy to ensure adequate review and response in the future.
At this time, AOP is no longer accepting unsolicited submissions. If you have submitted a work for consideration, AOP will respond to your submission as soon as it is possible.
Focusing more on the individual composer rather than a particular work, we have also created Composers & the Voice a workshop series where we help new composers develop their skills in working with the many facets of the operatic voice. Visit the Composers & the Voice page for more information and to download an application.
Focusing exclusively on the art of the libretto, we have created The Libretto Reading Series, a program that provides librettists (and composers) an opportunity to hear a new work read aloud, to discuss its structure, characters, themes, and pacing, and then to develop it over a period of time through workshops and creative sessions.
The AOP Libretto Reading Series does not accept libretto submissions that do not have a composer attached to the project. AOP cannot guarantee feedback or a response to submitted materials. You MUST include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned.
American Opera Projects often pairs up with other producers and companies to help bring new and innovative operas to life. In recent seasons, we have produced works with The Vineyard Theatre, Making Books Sing, Dance Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center, the City of New York – Parks and Recreation, Fort Greene Park Conservancy, and TADA! among many others. Through its Helping Hands program, AOP provides administrative assistance to other opera and music theater companies, such as the opera improvisational troupe Play It By Ear (1994-2000) and Richard Foreman's Blue Print Series.
AOP’s various approaches to producing opera include showcases with other opera companies, performances at other venues, and low-cost rental of rehearsal and performance space to other arts companies. AOP is especially involved in the Fort Greene and greater Brooklyn cultural community and consistently seeks out involvement with projects and companies that contribute to this growing vibrant culture.
For a full list of AOP productions and co-productions, please visit our Projects page. If you have a project that you think would fit well with American Opera Projects, you can e-mail us at email@example.com with the subject heading “AOP production proposal”.
Singers are always invited to submit materials. American Opera Projects periodically holds general auditions for singers. We will keep your materials on file and contact you when scheduling auditions. You may send us your information by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “AOP New Singer Info” or by regular mail to the above address.