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
Bartlett Sher won the 2008 Tony Award for his production of South Pacific. As Resident Director for Lincoln Center Theater, he was also nominated for Tony Awards for My Fair Lady, Oslo (2017 Tony Award for Best Play), The King and I, Golden Boy, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, and The Light in the Piazza. Other LCT productions include Blood and Gifts and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Broadway: To Kill a Mockingbird, Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County. Off-Broadway: Waste (Best Play Obie), Cymbeline (Callaway Award, also Royal Shakespeare Company), Don Juan, Pericles.
Opera: Roméo et Juliette (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg, Milan, Chicago); Faust (Baden Baden); Two Boys (ENO, Met); Barbiere (Baden Baden, Met); Otello, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Met); Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera, New York City Opera). Upcoming: Rigoletto at the Staatsoper in Berlin.
"One of the most original and exciting directors, not only in the American theater but also in the international world of opera” - The New York Times
Tony Award-winner and five-time Tony Award nominee Laura Benanti is currently starring on Broadway as Eliza Doolittle in Lincoln Center’s revival of My Fair Lady. She was in Steve Martin's hit Broadway play, Meteor Shower, and starred on Broadway as Amalia Balash in She Loves Me (Tony and Drama Desk nominee). Her role of Gypsy Rose Lee opposite Patti Lupone in Gypsy garnered her a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Following these successes, she starred in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner), Into the Woods (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), and Nine (starring Antonio Banderas). Other distinguished theater performances include Perdita in The Winter's Tale at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Anne in A Little Night Music at the L.A. Opera, Eileen in Wonderful Town, and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, both for City Center Encores! Her many television credits include NBC’s The Sound of Music Live and as First Lady Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
“She is flat-out gorgeous, sings like an angel, and inhabits a character worth the sort of presence and total conviction granted only to a precious few.” - Philadelphia Inquirer
Join Encompass for a glorious evening of music, laughter, and song!
Performances and Reminiscences by Broadway, Opera, Television and Film Creators and Stars.... and many more to be announced plus Surprise Guests!
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
Angel of the Amazon
Composer/Librettist: Evan Mack
Sister Dorothy Stang: Tascha Anderson
An American nun, dedicates her life to gaining land rights for indigenous people in Brazil and protecting the Rainforest.
A Wake or a Wedding
Composer/Librettist: Richard Pearson Thomas
Ambrosia: Marie Anello
A seamstress in Montana, treated unfairly by her mistress, imagines the wonders of the world through the touch of her fabrics.
Composer: Edward Thomas
Librettist: Joseph Masteroff
Based on the play by Eugene O’Neill
Anna Christie: Melanie Long
A survivor of sexual abuse and prostitution, Anna Christie fearlessly claims her power by facing her own emotional truth while confronting the father who abandoned her as a child.
Composer: Virgil Thomson
Librettist: Jack Larson
Thomas Moore: Mark Watson
Lord Byron: Oswaldo Iraheta
Born in 1788, Lord Byron, an English poet and formidable satirist, rebelled all his life against social injustice. His radical political views led him to take up the cause of freedom, and in 1823 he went to Greece and fought for their independence, where he died at the age of 36. The opera opens with his family and friends sadly awaiting the arrival of his body for burial, as well as a statue of Byron being delivered as a gift.Thomas Moore, the poet and close friend of Byron, reflects on his memories of Byron. Time stops. Byron’s ghost appears, and he sings a satirical ode to the London he has not seen in seven years.
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Our Creative Team
Nancy Rhodes, Stage Director
Richard Pearson Thomas, Music Director/Pianist
Angela Huff, Costume Designer
Our Composers and librettist
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
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.
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