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!
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.
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
PARADIGM SHIFTS 2019 JAZZ- CABARET GALA - June 2019
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.
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;
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.
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.
Highlights of Past Events & Performances
ENCOMPASS NEW OPERA THEATRE IS A MEMBER OF: