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"The Theory of Everything" A new opera exploring the ideas of science, spirituality, the nature of consciousness and our search for meaning | Music by John David Earnest, Libretto by Nancy Rhodes | Commissioned and developed by Encompass New Opera Theatre - Brooklyn, New York


Encompass New Opera Theatre, Brooklyn, New York, Ongoing Programs

Marie Kraja International Singing Competition

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The Sullivan Foundation

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Keeping American Music Theater / Opera Thriving
Focusing on the creation, development and production of new music theatre and classic American opera in ground-breaking productions, Encompass New Opera Theatre is one of the foremost leaders in the United States and New York City in charting a whole new ground for American Composers since 1975.

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Encompass Opera 2014-2015 Season & Up Coming Events

In Honor and Memory of beloved
Barbara Bliss Mestre
Board Chair Emerita
Encompass Honors Barbara Bliss Mestre

Barbara Bliss Mestre was a champion of new opera-music theatre and was dedicated to creating opportunities for singers and composers. Her distinguished service as a member of the Encompass Board of Trustees and as co-Chair Emerita, gave a vibrant presence to the artistic life of Encompass for more than 17 years. Her experience as an international opera singer and voice teacher gave her an important and vital perspective which she brought to everything she did at Encompass. She was a cherished friend and mentor, and we are deeply grateful for her wise and loving guidance all through the years. We will miss her greatly. Encompass New Opera Theatre is gratefully accepting donations in honor of Barbara Bliss Mestre for development of new opera and singers.

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March 19 - 22; 26 – 29, 2015

Thursday & Friday at 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Encompass Music & Film Festival

Encompass Music & Film Festival — Bridging indigenous cultures and women’s wisdom, and western science.

True stories from Africa, Brooklyn, California, Canada, Ecuador, Tibet, and Ukraine ...

Told through soul-stirring films and paired with inspiring live musical performances that celebrate people preserving our planet.

Experience their art and then meet the filmmakers, musicians, singers and change-makers who are at work on behalf of us all.

Click Here For Full Schedule
Purchase Tickets to Paradigm Shifts Festival
Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center,
55 Lexington Avenue (at East 25th Street), New York, NY 10010
Listen to A Better World Radio & TV's interview with Nancy Rhodes
Watch Richard Pearson Thomas discuss his project with Encompass Opera Theatre



Encompass Develops New Opera

Blood Of Angels
An opera in progress by Richard Pearson Thomas

Blood Of Angels

Blood of Angels dramatizes the political life of George C. Wallace set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.

To be elected governor of Alabama, George Wallace discards his original belief in equality and embraces the language of segregation.  His rhetoric has disastrous effects, dramatized by the brutal beatings of The Children’s March and the deaths of four girls in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church.

Cloaking his racist message as one of “law and order,” Wallace seeks the presidency, only to be gunned down by a would-be assassin.  Crippled and in constant pain, Wallace ultimately returns to the African-American community and begs their forgiveness.  They grant this forgiveness in the spirit of unity and consolation.
Marie Anello Dennis Blackwell Jesse Blumberg Jennifer Bodenweber Lisa Daehlin
Amy Gluck Scott Lindroth Stephanie McGuire Scott Murphree David Orcutt
Angela L. Owens Joseph Peterson Diana Solomon-Glover Jacob Terrell Richard Pearson Thomas
Composers Now
Composers Now Festival Event
Open Rehearsal of Blood of Angels
Saturday, February 28 • 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Call 718-398-4675 for location & details

And Coming Up On March 15th
(30-minute staged highlights for Page to Stage)
Encompass Opera Page To Stage 
Encompass Opera Page To Stage 

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."– Albert Einstein