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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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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


Monday, June 29 at 7:00 PM

Starring Broadway & Cabaret Favorite


"The undoubted Master of humorous song."
- New York Magazine

"Jason Graae raises versatility to new heights."

Accompanied by Award-winning Pianist


Buy your tickets by June 15th to take advantage of special offers!
To Purchase Tickets Click Here
Join Encompass for this spectacular one-night-only musical gathering
in a unique Tribeca penthouse with a wrap-around terrace that offers
panoramic city and Hudson River views. A magnificent summer setting
to enjoy good wine, savory hors d’oeuvres and great entertainment.
"The versatile Jason Graae tenderly croons
a ballad one minute and then belts out
a riotous comedic number the next."

-Los Angeles Times





Starred on Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy!, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and Off-Broadway in Forever Plaid, Olympus On My Mind, All In the Timing and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. He is the recipient of a Drama Desk Nomination, the L.A. Drama Critics Award, the Ovation Award and many more.

His acclaimed one-man show has been seen all over the country in such venues as Rainbow & Stars and Birdland in New York City (hailed as one of New York's Top Cabaret Shows for the Year by Time Out NY), to Feinstein’s and the Plush Room in Los Angeles and San Francisco, winning four Bistro Awards, and a New York Nightlife Award.

He has made several major movie appearances, guest-starred on television shows including the popular Six Feet Under, Friends, Frasier, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, provided the voice on numerous cartoons and performed major opera roles with Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, New Orleans Opera, Houston Grand Opera and The Metropolitan Opera companies.

Jason has recorded over 45 CDs, including original cast albums, compilations and three solo CDs.

Click on the link below to watch Jason in performance:



Winner of two Backstage Bistro Awards and two MAC Awards for Best Musical Direction, Mr. Rybeck is best known for his work in cabarets, concerts, on recordings, and in the theater.

Broadway credits include Grand Hotel (directed by Tommy Tune) and the original Hal Prince production of Merrily We Roll Along. Regionally, his work on What the World Needs Now won personal praise from Burt Bacharach.


Among the many artists he has worked with are Metropolitan Opera star Roberta Peters, "Voice of Hollywood" Marni Nixon, the legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart, as well as Tommy Tune, Michael Feinstein, Faith Prince, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Donna McKechnie, Eartha Kitt, Julie Wilson, Karen Mason, Jeff Harnar, Lee Roy Reams, Rita Gardner, Amanda McBroom, Roslyn Kind, Anna Bergman, and tonight's star, Jason Graae.


SPECIAL COMBO OFFER - Get TWO Gala events for the price of ONE!

A single ticket to the Jazz Cabaret Gala will be $250 until June 15th,
but may we suggest you choose our combo offer.

COMBO Offer Includes:
1 Jazz Cabaret Gala 2015 ticket (regularly $250)
1 The Astronaut's Tale Opening Night with Reception ticket (regularly $125)

The Astronaut's Tale, a new multi-media opera by Charles Fussell & Jack Larson will be
produced by Encompass at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Fishman Space in BAM Fisher)
from January 28-31, 2016. Opening Night is planned for Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 PM.

Both tickets are yours for only $300
if you place your order by June 15th.
That's a 20% saving off the full prices to attend both of these Gala evenings!


To Purchase Tickets Click Here

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

66 Leonard Street • Penthouse, New York, NY 10013
The penthouse home of Chip Seelig at 66 Leonard Street, (between Church St. & Broadway) can be reached by taking the 1 Train to Franklin St or the A, C, E Trains to Canal Street.

Special Advance Tickets Offers:
Jazz Cabaret Gala Only - $250 ($300 after June 15th)
Jazz Gala/BAM Combo - $300 (Valid only through June 15th)

For Tickets:

Go to www.encompassopera.org or call OvationTix at 866-811-4111 (Visa/MC/AMEX accepted)

For further information or assistance with your order:
Call 718-398-4675 or email encompassopera@yahoo.com

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All ticket income & donations support Encompass New Opera Theatre’s annual artistic programming.


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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
Click Here to View More Photos from the March Festival
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." – Albert Einstein
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
Directed by Nancy Rhodes  •  Conducted by Mara Waldman

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
BLOOD OF ANGELS PHOTOS from New American Opera Previews, Page to Stage on March 15:
Click Here to View More Photos from Blood of Angels