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Grethe Barrett Holby (director) is founder and artistic director of American Opera Projects. She has directed and choreographed for La Scala (Milan), the Kennedy Center, Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, and the opera companies of Anchorage, Memphis, Lake George, Indiana, and Wolftrap, among others.

Her production of Faust with Opera Company of Philadelphia was broadcast nationally on public television. Ms. Holby directed the world premiere of Persichetti's The Sibyl with Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, and the American premiere of WerleÕs Animalen, which opened the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul.

She choreographed the world premiere of Leonard BernsteinÕs Trouble in Tahiti and a Quiet Place. American Opera Projects commissions and world premieres that she has directed include Memoirs of Uliana Rooney by Vivian Fine and Sonya Freidman at Bryant Park and the Annenberg Center (Philadelphia); Flurry Tale by Rusty Magee and Billy Aronson; and workshops of Requiem, by Ken Valitsky and the late Kathy Acker; as well as new works by Connie Beckley and David Shapiro, and Roberto Pace and Ann T. Greene. She is married to photographer Arthur Elgort.

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