"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


Opera America



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A Gertrude Stein Musical Trilogy | Encompass New Opera Theatre, Brooklyn, New York

A Gertrude Stein Musical Trilogy
explores the vision, genius and wit
of Gertrude Stein in music!!!

Featuring the world premiere of a new jazz opera,
Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On
with music by William Banfield,
story and text by poet Karren LaLonde Alenier

along with 2 short operas:
Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters
by Ned Rorem

Capital Capitals
by Virgil Thomson, both pieces with texts by Gertrude Stein

The sold-out performances were at Symphony Space’s Thalia Theatre.


“…the adventurous Encompass New Opera Theatre's…imaginative stagings …audaciously entertaining Stein works…charming production…excellent singers…the conductor, John Yaffé, drew a lithe performance from the musicians…” - The New York Times [read the full New York Times article here]

“…outrageously funny…a testament to the precision and dedication with which director Nancy Rhodes and her cast have approached their task.” -The New York Sun



Featuring Hai-Ting Chinn, Diane Ciesla, Eve Gigliotti, Ryan Kinsella, Christopher LaCroix, Albert Rudolph Lee, Karen Rich, Jody Sheinbaum, Edward Bruce Stevenson, Rosalie Sullivan, Mark Uhlemann, and Justin Vickers and dancers, Justin Sherwood and Janet White

Pianists, Christopher Fecteau and Mara Waldman
Sets by Michael Deegan and Sarah G. Conly
Costumes by Marija Djordjevic
Lighting by Izzy Einsidler

Directed by Nancy Rhodes
Conducted by John Yaffe


Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On

Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters

Capital Capitals