ENCOMPASS Mainstage Production

Music and Libretto by
Evan Mack

MAY 6-22, 2011

at The Jerome Robbins Theater at Baryshnikov Arts Center


This compelling new work is based on the true story of Sister Dorothy Stang (1931-2005), an American born member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur order.  In 2005, at the age of 73, she was brutally murdered by assassins hired by the owner of a logging company, who felt her passion for the Earth and all of its gifts to be a threat. Angel of the Amazon depicts her life’s work and the events that set her on a path to martyrdom.

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Nancy RhodesDirector
Mara WaldmanMusic Director
The IONISATION New Music GroupOrchestra

J. Michael DeeganSets, Lighting & Projections
Victoria E.S. DePewCostumes
Cassandra PowellProduction Stage Manager


Caitlin Mathes* as Sister Dorothy
*2011 Lotte Lenya Competition winner

Michael Armstrong Barr
Jose Candelaria
Jennifer Caruana
Amanda-Camille Isaac
Douglas Jabarra
Amanda Lee

José Rubio as Luiz
Matthew Morris
Brittany Palmer
Adam Russell
Justin Ryan
Lara Stevens

and Elex Lee Vann


Click here to purchase an etching inspired by Sister Dorothy Stang’s story! 
Part of the proceeds will go to Encompass for the production of Angel of the Amazon.

Evan Mack's
Angel of the Amazon

Original New York City World Premiere Cast;

Produced by Encompass New Opera Theatre.
Available on CD.

Article on Angel of the Amazon in the
St. Anthony Messenger from American Catholic

I was inspired to produce this etching, entitled ‘Rainforest Series: Brazilian Amazon’ when I read about Sister Dorothy Stang’s commitment to the indigenous Brazilian population and their battle to protect the rainforest. After 40 years of working with local farmers, building schools and organizing a food co-operative, Sister Dorothy was executed in 2005 by 2 gunmen hired by a wealthy rancher. A new opera by Evan Mack called ‘Angel of the Amazon’ celebrating the life of Sister Dorothy will be produced by the Encompass New Opera Theatre. A contribution will be made from the proceeds of the sale of each etching to the Encompass New Opera Theatre for the development of the production.
— C. Aaron