Ongoing performances of new opera in development throughout the season, featuring introductions by the composers

Music for the Soul and Mind
February 10, 2013 at
The National Opera America Center

Featuring award-winning Encompass Composers and Singers
Sara Heaton
Sara Heaton
Jane Shaulis
Jane Shaulis

Eapen Leubner
Brittany Palmer
Brittany Palmer
Welcoming Violinist Stephanie Chase
Stephanie Chase
Founder and Artistic Director of the Music of the Spheres Society,
performing Edward Applebaum’s Landscape of Dreams, a work for solo violin composed
for her and inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, Love in the Time of Cholera. 
The piece reveals the romantic story of a love that remained unrequited until old age.
Meet the Composers
Mira J. Spektor
Mira J. Spektor
Doug Brandtt
Doug Brandt
John Davie Earnest
John David Earnest

Charles Fussell

Sameer Ramchandran

Simon Gjoni
Meet the Composers to experience highlights from their new operas
Giovanni the Fearless (lyrics by Carolyn Balducci),
The Gentlest Lady, from a Song Cycle based on poems by Dorothy Parker,
The Theory of Everything, The Astronaut’s Tale, and Deirdre,
based on W.B. Yeats' haunting Celtic tale.

  Artistic Director/Librettist
Nancy Rhoder
Nancy Rhodes
Music Director/Pianist
Mara Waldman
Mara Waldman
Hermira Gjoni
Hermira Gjoni

Holidays at Home

Read about the event

Adrianne Hick   Maria Waldman
The National Arts Club was the beautiful setting for the annual Encompass Holiday Concert this year
starring Adrianne Hick, who has performed on tour with Les Miserables and with Encompass productions
of Four Saints in Three Acts and I Tre Compagni.  Mara Waldman accompanied her on piano.

The Theory of Everything, a new opera commissioned and developed by Encompass New Opera Theatre, Brooklyn, New YorkNew Composers Forum*
November 11, 2011
Friday, 3:30pm
Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College
New York, NY
Encompass will perform scenes from The Theory of Everything, a new opera commissioned and developed by Encompass. (Read more about The Theory of Everything)
*This is a presentation during a conference, so please email Nancy at if you would like to attend.

Music for the Soul and Mind
February 5, 2012
Sunday, 4:00 pm

Gramercy Park North, NYC ~ by reservation only

John David Earnest, Daniel Schlosberg, Roger Trefousse

The Theory of Everything, an opera exploring science, spirituality and indigenous cosmology, was commissioned and
developed by Encompass, and is now being orchestrated by composer John David Earnest.  With a libretto by Nancy Rhodes,
plans for a major production are in the works.

Introducing Daniel Schlosberg, a dynamic, young composer/pianist who is writing a new opera which Encompass will be
developing over the next few seasons.

Roger Trefousse, "The Colors Aria" from the chamber opera entitled Found Objects. Roger has composed for Encompass and
other companies including  BAM and Mannes Opera . Found Objects is written in a "found" language, and describes
a summer trip by car from New York to Maine. The text is made up of "objects" such as roadside signs, newspaper
headlines, overheard scraps of conversation and distorted fragments of popular songs, and is taken directly from the outer
landscape, sometimes literally, sometimes filtered through the unconscious.