|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.
|~ NOTABLE NEWS FROM OUR 2014 SEASON ~|
|New American Opera Previews|
|A WAKE OR A WEDDING
by Composer/Librettist Richard Pearson Thomas
|Program and Performer Information|
|Watch Richard Pearson Thomas discuss his project with Encompass Opera Theatre|
THE MARIE KRAJA INTERNATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION
October 27, 2014 — November 23, 2014
|This season, Encompass New Opera Theatre hosted two singers from the United States who will perform on National Albanian Television in a worldwide classical opera competition, established by Albanian producer, Zana Cela.|
Samantha Guevrekian, Soprano known for her “pure, sweet-sounding soprano,” has most recently performed the roles of Musetta in La bohème, Violetta in La traviata, and Frasquita in Carmen in New York City. She has been the recipient of awards from the Giulio Gari Competition, Gerda Lissner Competition, Jenny Lind Competition, Elaine Malbin Competition and the Marcella Sembrich Competition, and was most recently a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition.
Miss Guevrekian completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University, and received a Master of Music Degree from Stony Brook University. This summer, she was a Young Artist at the prestigious Glimmerglass Festival, making her debut as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. She currently studies voice with Diana Soviero.
|Robert Balonek, Baritone Hailing from Rochester NY, Robert always had a love for music.
Robert went to SUNY Purchase College in Westchester where he started training with his first teacher, Jacque Trussel. During this time he performed The title roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, andGianni Schicchi. He also performed Ottone in Poppea, both Ferdinand and Prospero in the NY Premiere of Lee Hoiby's The Tempest, as well as the world Premiere of Raphaël Lucas' Confession. After Purchase, Robert moved to Manhattan where he received a professional studies diploma from Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Bonnie Hammilton. Robert performed Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte as well as Ford in Falstaff. in 2013, Robert was in collaboration with new composers such as Zachary Johnson (Boston Tea Party Opera) Gerald Cohen (Steal A Pencil For Me) and Stefnia DeKenessey (Bonfires of the Vanity).
|Read more about the Marie Kraja Festival Competition and Encompass singers hosted in previous competitions.|
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."– Albert Einstein
|Coming Up In March 2015|
Encompass Music & Film Festival — Bridging indigenous cultures and women’s wisdom with western science . . .