New Composer Salons

Ongoing performances of new opera in development throughout the season, featuring introductions by the composers

Music for the Soul and Mind
February 10, 2013 at The National Opera America Center

Featuring award-winning Encompass Composers and Singers

Welcoming Violinist Stephanie Chase


Founder and Artistic Director of the Music of the Spheres Society, performing Edward Applebaum’s Landscape of Dreams, a work for solo violin composed for her and inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, Love in the Time of Cholera. The piece reveals the romantic story of a love that remained unrequited until old age.


Meet the Composers

Meet the Composers to experience highlights from their new operas Giovanni the Fearless (lyrics by Carolyn Balducci), The Gentlest Lady, from a Song Cycle based on poems by Dorothy Parker, The Theory of Everything, The Astronaut’s Tale, and Deirdre, based on W.B. Yeats' haunting Celtic tale.


Holidays at Home

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The National Arts Club was the beautiful setting for the annual Encompass Holiday Concert this year starring Adrianne Hick, who has performed on tour with Les Miserables and with Encompass productions of Four Saints in Three Acts and I Tre Compagni. Mara Waldman accompanied her on piano.

New Composers Forum*

November 11, 2011Friday, 3:30pm
Lang Recital Hall, Hunter CollegeNew York, NY

Encompass will perform scenes from The Theory of Everything, a new opera commissioned and developed by Encompass. (Read more about The Theory of Everything)

*This is a presentation during a conference, so please email Nancy at if you would like to attend.

Music for the Soul and Mind

February 5, 2012, Sunday, 4:00 pm
Gramercy Park North, NYC ~ by reservation only


The Theory of Everything, an opera exploring science, spirituality and indigenous cosmology, was commissioned and developed by Encompass, and is now being orchestrated by composer John David Earnest. With a libretto by Nancy Rhodes, plans for a major production are in the works.

Introducing Daniel Schlosberg, a dynamic, young composer/pianist who is writing a new opera which Encompass will be developing over the next few seasons.

Roger Trefousse, "The Colors Aria" from the chamber opera entitled Found Objects. Roger has composed for Encompass and other companies including  BAM and Mannes Opera . Found Objects is written in a "found" language, and describes
a summer trip by car from New York to Maine. The text is made up of "objects" such as roadside signs, newspaper headlines, overheard scraps of conversation and distorted fragments of popular songs, and is taken directly from the outer
landscape, sometimes literally, sometimes filtered through the unconscious.