Encompass New Opera Theatre is dedicated to the creation, development and production of adventurous new music theatre and contemporary opera, as well as the revival of important musical works by American and international composers. In the vanguard of companies devoted to widening the recognition of America's outstanding composers, dramatists, singers and musicians, Encompass has, since its inception in 1976, produced over 63 full-scale productions with orchestra and staged readings of over 160 new works from jazz and cabaret to musicals and opera.

Company productions represent a vast tapestry of American voices and genres, garnering a reputation for creative process, quality performances and artistic passion. Encompass plays a vital role in the cultural landscape.

Welcome To Encompass

All-Encompassing Legacy- 40 Years of Music Theatre

“New York City’s Encompass New Opera Theatre has been championing new works and singers for over four decades. Read their remarkable story in this interview by Mark Watson with the company's Artistic Director Nancy Rhodes.”

-Classical Singer Magazine


A Musical Salute Gala!

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Sunday, January 27th at 6:00 PM at the National Arts Club

Honoring Composers, Lyricists and Singers in a musical program featuring stars of Broadway, Opera, Television and Film

Sheldon Harnick, Honorary Chairman and hosted by Midge Woolsey


Recent World Premiere of ANNA CHRISTIE
12 Performances: October 4 – 21, 2018

A new music drama based on the Pulitzer prize-winning sea play by Eugene O'Neill explores the lost relationship of a woman and her father, and the sailor she falls in love with.

“....Anna Christie is emotionally and musically thrilling... the performers are outstanding.”
Talkin’ Broadway
-written by James Wilson
“....reasserts the power of big, bold emotions and postromantic melodic opulence in contemporary opera.”
ZEALnyc.com
- written by Josh Rosenblum
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Highlights from the Performances

The Cast of anna christie

      Frank Basile          Jonathan Estabrooks          Joy Hermalyn              Melanie Long                  Mike Pirozzi              as                              as                                as                            as                                  as
Chris Christopherson           Mat Burke                   Marthy Owen             Anna Christie              Larry the Bartender


Composer Librettist Director Conductor
Edward Thomas Joseph Masteroff Nancy Rhodes Julian Wachner


Looking Ahead to Our Exciting Spring 2019 Season

PAGE TO STAGE, New American Opera Previews

Scenes from new works - March 2019 at the National Opera Center 

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PARADIGM SHIFTS 2019 JAZZ- CABARET GALA - June 2019

   A Music, Opera and Film Festival Celebrating People Preserving Our Planet      Celebrating true stories of courageous people from around the world who are preserving and protecting our planet, oceans, wildlife, and sacred lands. Dedicated to bridging indigenous cultures, women's wisdom, and the global environmental movement, the festival pairs each film with vocalists, musicians, and dancers performing a variety of music from jazz and gospel, to classical, folk, African, Haitian, Ukrainian, Native American, and new music theatre and opera.

A Music, Opera and Film Festival Celebrating People Preserving Our Planet

Celebrating true stories of courageous people from around the world who are preserving and protecting our planet, oceans, wildlife, and sacred lands. Dedicated to bridging indigenous cultures, women's wisdom, and the global environmental movement, the festival pairs each film with vocalists, musicians, and dancers performing a variety of music from jazz and gospel, to classical, folk, African, Haitian, Ukrainian, Native American, and new music theatre and opera.


   Exciting Jazz and Cabaret Artists perform in an intimate rooftop setting. Past performances by Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Judy Kaye, the Jill McManus Trio, Trio Jazz Brasil, Klea Blackhurst, Jason Graae, KT Sullivan, and Marilyn Maye. Stay tuned!

Exciting Jazz and Cabaret Artists perform in an intimate rooftop setting. Past performances by Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Judy Kaye, the Jill McManus Trio, Trio Jazz Brasil, Klea Blackhurst, Jason Graae, KT Sullivan, and Marilyn Maye. Stay tuned!

RECENT EVENTS 

ENCOMPASS NEW OPERA THEATRE PRESENTED

Paradigm Shifts 2018!
Music and film from around the world honoring families forced
from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war.

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Featured Music

Live Greek/Syrian Music and the Film: HUMAN FLOW by Chinese-Artist, Ai WeiWei

Live music by Sky Caravan: Ukrainian violinist, Milena Davidowicz and Russian pianist Elena Panova;

Featured Films

AIDEN'S BUTTERFLIES, Love with a Sense of Purpose about a young boy from New Jersey who raises and protects endangered monarch butterflies.

4.1 MILES by Daphne Matziaraki, a true story from the island of Lesbos whose people saved thousands of refugees from drowning at sea.

THE ISLAND OF ALL TOGETHER by Philip Brink and Marieke van der Velden, a documentary of tourists in conversation with refugees who crossed the sea from Turkey to the Greek Island of Lesbos.

NEW SANCTUARY by Andre Daughtry, a film that follows the deportation case of a former U.S. Green card holder who is currently fighting his deportation back to Guyana.


  A Music, Opera and Film Festival Celebrating People Preserving Our Planet

A Music, Opera and Film Festival Celebrating People Preserving Our Planet

Encompass Artistic Director, Nancy Rhodes, in association with Union Theological Seminary; The Center for Earth Ethics, Karenna Gore, Director; Derrick Harkins, Vice President of Union and Innovation in Public Programming; and Professor Hyun Kyung Chung.

PARADIGM SHIFTS Music and Film Festival celebrates true stories of courageous people from around the world who are preserving and protecting our planet, oceans, wildlife, and sacred lands. Dedicated to bridging indigenous cultures, women's wisdom, and the global environmental movement, the festival pairs each film with vocalists, musicians, and dancers performing a variety of music from jazz and gospel, to classical, folk, African, Haitian, Ukrainian, Native American, and new opera and chamber music.

 
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SEOUL, KOREA

JULY 2017

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NEW YORK CITY

JUNE 2017

 

Highlights of Past Events & Performances


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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

A new, full-length opera exploring science, spirituality, and indigenous cosmology.

BLOOD OF ANGELS

A dramatization of the political life of George C. Wallace set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.

LORD BYRON

An astounding tale of
this passionate, unpredictable wild child of letters. So scandalous in life, they burned his memoirs.

ANNA CHRISTIE

A new music drama based on the Pulitzer prize-winning sea play by Eugene O'Neill explores the lost relationship of a woman and her father, and the sailor she falls in love with.


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