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

Upcoming Events

XvBgx1542322283.jpg

Stay Tuned for our Jazz Gala 2019

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.

Recent Events 2019

Musical Salute Logo.JPG

Honoring Tony Award-Winning Luminaries
Bartlett Sher and Laura Benanti


PAGE TO STAGE, New American Opera Previews

Sunday, March 24-3:00pm 

eggs.JPG

In this time of critical social justice issues such as immigration, walls, the me-too movement and the rights of women and children around the world, the rights of indigenous people worldwide, and the global climate crisis and need for earth ethics, we are inspired by a search for freedom through the lens of three women in new opera and Lord Byron.

FreedoM

Three Powerful Women of New Opera....and Lord Byron


Paradigm Shifts 2019

The screening of a unique and trailblazing film launched the Encompass 2019 Paradigm Shifts Music and Film Festival. This educational-outreach program focused on women who have contributed boundary-breaking research and new paradigm-thinking in the fields of science and the arts, while bringing awareness and knowledge of the interconnections of all life on our planet.

Symbiotic Earth Website.JPG

ANNA CHRISTIE ALBUM

FROM STAGE TO STUDIO: Encompass brings its world-premiere production of Anna Christie to a global audience through a once-in-a-lifetime album experience! With music by Grammy nominated Ed Thomas and libretto by 8-time Tony winner, the late Joe Masteroff (Cabaret, She Loves Me), premiere production staged by international director Nancy Rhodes, 12-Time Grammy-Winning producer Thomas Z. Shepard (Sondheim, Bernstein) Grammy nominated conductor Julian Wachner, original cast and 14-piece orchestra will bring this moving score to life! 

Here is a behind the scenes look of our cast recording the masterpiece.


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
ChristieHorizontal.jpg

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


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.

Encompass - Paradigm Shifts 2018 mail chimp promo revised 4-7.png

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.

 
1.jpg

SEOUL, KOREA

JULY 2017

1.jpg

NEW YORK CITY

JUNE 2017

 


Follow us on all of our Social Media Accounts for Upcoming Events!


Highlights of Past Events & Performances


NewVisions NewComposers Works in Development on the Horizon.jpg

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.


ENCOMPASS NEW OPERA THEATRE IS A MEMBER OF:

OUR SPONSORS: