from Nancy Rhodes,
Artistic Director of Encompass New Opera Theatre
"American opera is a passionate pursuit"
is widely known as the father of American opera, especially for his two groundbreaking operas with texts by Gertrude Stein, Four Saints in Three Acts (1934) and The Mother of Us All (1947). His innovative departure from nineteenth century European dramaturgy, language, and musical form set the scene for a truly American operatic vision. Thomson was the Honorary Chairman of Encompass New Opera Theatre between 1975 and 1982. The first opera produced by Encompass in 1975 was The Mother of Us All, which was awarded Excellence in the Creative Arts and selected as Best Production of 1976 by two critics of SoHo Weekly News.