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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Highlights of Past Events & Performances
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