Repertory & Current Projects



Commissioned & Developed by Ardea Arts

Development & Premiere Partner: University of Kentucky Opera Theatre (UKOT)

Music: Glen Roven, Tomas Doncker, Ansel Elgort

Story & Libretto: Charles R. Smith Jr.

Concept-Direction: Grethe B. Holby

World Premiere November 2017 in Lexington KY with UKOT                                     2017

Reading/ Workshop of Revised Libretto                                                                              2017

1 Pop-Up Performance for BOUNCE in NYC                                                                       2017

Full Staged Workshop & 3 Performances, East Flatbush, Brooklyn                                2016

Act I and II Workshop University of Kentucky Opera Theater                                  2015-2016

Libretto Reading & Dramatization: WNYC-live-steamed and broadcast WQXR            2015

Community Engagement Performance Event: City Parks Foundation                           2014

Major Support: National Endowment for the Arts, Opera America, Jody and John Arnhold, Pam & Bill Michaelcheck, Richenthal Foundation, Lynn Schneider, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and various individual donors



Commissioned & Developed by Ardea Arts

Music: Kitty Brazelton

Libretto: George Plimpton

Origin, Dramaturgy, Direction: Grethe Barrett Holby

Development Partners:

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Montclair State University

World Concert Premiere in partnership with Garden State Philharmonic, NJ             2017

Full Semi-Staged Concert Presentations Ardea Arts/FOI, Chelsea Studios NYC            2008 Act II Workshop Montclair State University, NJ - Peak Performance Series                    2006

Act I Workshop; Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL & Ardea Arts, NYC                                   2005

DJ Workshop Family Opera Initiative NYC                                                                              2004

Major Support: The Jaffe Family Foundation and many individual donors



Premiere Co-Producers: Family Opera Initiative/American Opera Projects; Brooklyn, NY

Development Partner: American Opera Projects

Music: Kitty Brazelton

Story & Libretto: Billy Aronson

Origin & Direction: Grethe Barrett Holby

World Theater Premiere Hunter College Opera Theater, Kaye Playhouse, NYC          2017

World Park Premiere American Opera Projects, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn NY             2002

Major Support: The Jaffe Family Foundation, NY State Council for the Arts



Commissioned & Developed by Ardea Arts

Based on the book by Umberto Eco & Eugenio Carmi

Music: Ye Xiaogang, Alexander Tchykovskiy

Libretto: Liu Sola, Dimitry Glukhovsky, Yusef Komunyakaa, Daniel L. Everett

Sneak Preview Performances Las Cruces NM. Free for the public.                                   2014

International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Space  (ISPCS) NM                 2014

Libretto Reading & Workshop #3                                                                                             2014

Libretto Workshop #2                                                                                                                2013

Presentation & Libretto Workshop #1: Beijing Modern Music Festival                             2013

Major Support: National Endowment for the Arts, Lynn Schneider, Robert Turner and many individual donors



Music & Libretto: William Mayer

Directed: Grethe Barrett Holby

Based on the story Why the Chimes Rang by Raymond MacDonald Alden

Semi-staged concert and recording, Performed at Metro Babtist Church, NYC               2015

Major Support: Amy Guttman, Mr. and Mrs Arthur Elgort, and J. Speed Carroll



Producer:  Ardea Arts

Music & Libretto: David Wolfson

World Premiere: Metro Babtist Church, New York City, NY                                             2013

Developmental Readings & Filming Ardea Arts                                                          2011-2012

Major Support: Major Support from J.Speed & Martha Carroll  



Producer Ardea Arts

Music Kitty Brazelton

Libretto George Plimpton  

Origin Direction Grethe Barrett Holby

World Premiere The Central Park Zoo & NYC & Infinity Music Hall CT                         2010

Additional Performances  Botelle School, Norfolk CT,   REDS School NYC,                      2010

Workshop performances  Parrish Art Museum & The Fresh Air Home                             2010

Major Support: Jane A. Gross & The Jaffe Family Foundation  

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Producer:  Family Opera Initiative & Southampton Historical Society

Music: Glen Roven

Story: Margaret Wise Brown

Plums Poems by William Carlos Williams, Christopher Logue and Walt Whitman

World Piano Premiere:  Southampton, NY                                                                          2009  



Co-Producers: Ardea Arts & Center for Contemporary Opera

Music: Eric Salzman

Libretto: Valeria Vasilevski

Direction: Grethe Barrett Holby

American Premiere Symphony Space, NYC                                                                      2007  



Co-Producers Ardea Arts & Center for Contemporary Opera

Music: Richard Peaslee

Libretto: Kenneth Cavander

Direction: Grethe Barrett Holby

Playfest, Orlando Shakespeare Theater                                                                                   2006

World Premiere, TADA! New York City                                                                                 2001

Major Support: The Jaffe Family Foundation, TADA!, NY State Council for the Arts & many individual donors  



Co-Producers: Ardea Arts & Center for Contemporary Opera

Music: Rusty Magee

Story & lyrics: Billy Aronson

Director: Grethe Barrett Holby

Clarke Studio Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC                                                                     1999

Workshops at AOP, NYC area schools & NY Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum    1995-1998

Major Support: The Jaffe Family Foundation and many individual donors