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

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Join us at this beautiful location for an extraordinary evening of music, wine, and light buffet!

Located at The Penthouse
66 Leonard Street (between Church St. & Broadway)
New York, NY 10013

Recent Events 2019

Encompass Opera Goes International
Ocean Dream 
A poetic journey of self-discovery
Music by Victor Kioulaphides, Libretto by Nancy Rhodes

Opened the 100th Anniversary of Estonia

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Honoring Tony Award-Winning Luminaries
Bartlett Sher and Laura Benanti

PAGE TO STAGE, New American Opera Previews

Sunday, March 24-3:00pm 


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.


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

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.

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.

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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.”
- written by Josh Rosenblum

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



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Highlights of Past Events & Performances

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


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


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


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.