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Encompass New Opera Theatre Our 2022 Musical Salute Gala honoring Chita Rivera and Danny Burstein will be held on March 20th at the National Arts Club in NYC! https://enot.betterworld.org/auctions/musical-salute-2022

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Focusing on the creation, development and production of new 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. Encompass has produced over 61 full-scale operas with orchestra and staged readings of more than 160 new works, from jazz and cabaret to musicals and opera

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Thank you to all the singers, musicians, and speakers who made the Encompass Musical Salute Gala honoring two luminaries...
03/26/2022

Thank you to all the singers, musicians, and speakers who made the Encompass Musical Salute Gala honoring two luminaries of the Broadway Theatre, Chita Rivera and Danny Burstein, so thrilling! It was a night full of smiles, laughs, and tears of joy; it is a night we will always remember. Thank you to all the individuals and organizations who attended and generously donated to make this gala such a success.

Please enjoy our photos (by Harold Levine) from our March 20th Gala: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.5480373415315298&type=3

And here's the link to a wonderful article written by Marilyn Lester and photos by Maryann Lopinto (both of Sandi Durell’s Theater Pizzazz) who reviewed the event:
https://www.theaterpizzazz.com/encompass-new-opera-theatre-gala/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=encompass-new-opera-theatre-gala

Photos from Encompass New Opera Theatre's post
03/26/2022

Photos from Encompass New Opera Theatre's post

She’s all that jazz! With a career spanning over 70 years, Chita Rivera is a legendary theatrical icon! She originated t...
03/09/2022

She’s all that jazz! With a career spanning over 70 years, Chita Rivera is a legendary theatrical icon! She originated the roles of Anita in West Side Story, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and the title role in Kiss of the Spider Woman. We are thrilled to be honoring her and the Tony-Award winning Danny Burstein, on March 20th, at the Encompass 2022 Musical Salute Gala! - https://mailchi.mp/encompassopera/ready-set-bid-a-musical-salute-auction-is-now-open-875012

(Photo Credit: Catherine Ashmore)

Our 2022 Musical Salute Gala is about to burst through the doors! We are thrilled to be honoring Danny Burstein (@DannyB...
03/08/2022

Our 2022 Musical Salute Gala is about to burst through the doors! We are thrilled to be honoring Danny Burstein (@DannyBurstein), the 2020 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

https://us9.campaign-archive.com/?u=1378cac23774aaf8738dad14b&id=0482dbc861

(Photo Credit: Sara Krulwich/New York Times)

Going, going, going, gone! This beautiful scene above is of the Fairmont Kea Lani, Hawaii's only luxury all-suite and vi...
03/04/2022

Going, going, going, gone! This beautiful scene above is of the Fairmont Kea Lani, Hawaii's only luxury all-suite and villa oceanfront resort. You now have a chance to win a 7 day/6 night trip to this heavenly destination. Come join us for A Musical Salute! Gala Auction, our online silent auction, which is running in conjunction with our 2022 Musical Salute Gala honoring the legendary Chita Rivera and Tony-Award winning Danny Burstein on March 20th. Not only are we offering tropical getaways but also Broadway memorabilia and gourmet meals straight to your home.

https://enot.betterworld.org/auctions/musical-salute-2022

Don’t miss out on these wonderful prizes!

“Sometimes, music is the only medicine the heart and soul need.” – During consequential moments like this, music is a la...
02/25/2022

“Sometimes, music is the only medicine the heart and soul need.” – During consequential moments like this, music is a language that can help unite us all! Stay strong everyone ❤

Ready, Set, Bid 💸! A Musical Salute Auction is Now Open! - https://mailchi.mp/encompassopera/ready-set-bid-a-musical-sal...
02/24/2022

Ready, Set, Bid 💸! A Musical Salute Auction is Now Open! - https://mailchi.mp/encompassopera/ready-set-bid-a-musical-salute-auction-is-now-open

We are proud to announce that Encompass New Opera Theatre is hosting an online auction in conjunction with our 2022 Musical Salute Gala honoring the legendary Chita Rivera and Tony-Award winning Danny Burstein! We are offering up a variety of collectibles, from island getaways to sports tickets and Broadway memorabilia!

Encompass New Opera Theatre is planning an online and live auction in conjunction with our 2022 Musical Salute Gala! Ple...
02/01/2022

Encompass New Opera Theatre is planning an online and live auction in conjunction with our 2022 Musical Salute Gala! Please consider offering an item. If you’re unable to donate an item and know of anyone who might be willing to participate, please share this link with them as well.

Thank you so much for your contributions and we hope that you will join us March 20th, 2022 to honor Masters of Music Theatre and Opera, Chita Rivera & Danny Burstein! - https://mailchi.mp/encompassopera/opportunity-to-participate-in-the-encompass-2022-musical-salute-auction

The Encompass MUSICAL SALUTE GALA 2022 is in full swing! On March 20, 2022, we're thrilled to invite you to attend a gra...
01/26/2022

The Encompass MUSICAL SALUTE GALA 2022 is in full swing! On March 20, 2022, we're thrilled to invite you to attend a grand celebration honoring two luminaries of the American Musical Theatre CHITA RIVERA and DANNY BURSTEIN! Featuring performances and recollections by: John Doyle, George Dvorsky, Sheldon Harnick, Maury Yeston, Karen Ziemba, and Beth Ertz, Music Director/Arranger/Pianist!

- https://mailchi.mp/encompassopera/celebrate-maury-yeston-and-estelle-parsons-in-a-musical-salute-january-26-2020-tickets-going-fast-874963

"Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate; Only Love Can Do That," - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Encompass commemorates the life and le...
01/17/2022

"Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate; Only Love Can Do That," - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Encompass commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Leader, Baptist Minister, and American Visionary. As we witness our country at its turning point, Dr. King’s legacy has never been more meaningful. We must continue to move in the direction of truth and justice even in the face of deep division.

https://mailchi.mp/encompassopera/notesandnews-874959

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01/17/2022

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For the well-being of our artists and audiences, we made the safe decision to re-schedule our Musical Salute Gala to Sunday, March 20th, 2022, due to the continual rise of Omicron Covid-19 cases.

Join us on March 20, 2022, for a grand celebration honoring Legendary Theatrical Icon CHITA RIVERA and Tony Award-Winning Star DANNY BURSTEIN!

Purchase your tickets & tables online at encompasstheatre.org

https://mailchi.mp/encompassopera/celebrate-maury-yeston-and-estelle-parsons-in-a-musical-salute-january-26-2020-tickets-going-fast-874951

For the well-being of our artists and audiences, we made the safe decision to re-schedule our Musical Salute Gala to Sun...
01/14/2022

For the well-being of our artists and audiences, we made the safe decision to re-schedule our Musical Salute Gala to Sunday, March 20th, 2022, due to the continual rise of Omicron Covid-19 cases.

Join us on March 20, 2022, for a grand celebration honoring Legendary Theatrical Icon CHITA RIVERA and Tony Award-Winning Star DANNY BURSTEIN!

Purchase your tickets & tables online at encompasstheatre.org

https://mailchi.mp/encompassopera/celebrate-maury-yeston-and-estelle-parsons-in-a-musical-salute-january-26-2020-tickets-going-fast-874951

"When somebody plays music, you listen. You just follow those sounds, and eventually you understand the music. The point...
12/13/2021

"When somebody plays music, you listen. You just follow those sounds, and eventually you understand the music. The point can't be explained in words because music is not words, but after listening for a while, you understand the point of it, and that point is the music itself. In exactly the same way, you can listen to all experiences."

From "Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation"

Alan Watts Wisdom AlanWatts.org
Art by: Michael Cheval Michael Cheval

It’s Monday and we are back in the office, but wishing we were keeping warm curled up next to a good book! Are you ready...
12/06/2021

It’s Monday and we are back in the office, but wishing we were keeping warm curled up next to a good book! Are you ready for another week? This week at Encompass we continue exciting plans for our Musical Salute Gala scheduled a few weeks after the New Year on January 30th, 2022. Tickets are on sale now! Visit our website encompasstheatre.org for more information.

#musicaltheatre #nycgala #nonprofit #npo #cats

A quote about music from famous author, Hans Christian Anderson: "Where words fail, music speaks."  #musicquotes #inspir...
11/10/2021

A quote about music from famous author, Hans Christian Anderson: "Where words fail, music speaks."

#musicquotes #inspiringquotes #quoteoftheday

A fitting quote for your Monday by the wise Jimi Hendrix, “music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in thi...
11/01/2021

A fitting quote for your Monday by the wise Jimi Hendrix, “music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”

#musicquotes #mondaymotivation #quotestoliveby #inspiringquotes

Today world leaders and activists, like environmental activist Greta Thunberg, are meeting for the #COP26 climate summit...
11/01/2021

Today world leaders and activists, like environmental activist Greta Thunberg, are meeting for the #COP26 climate summit to discuss our warming planet; but pledges without action will not be enough to avoid this continuing crisis. Countries around the world, including the United States, have failed to enact the proper climate change legislation needed to cut domestic carbon emissions.

Our hope relies on you, our community, and our city’s determination to fight the inaction of our elected leaders and spread the truth that we all must work together to save Mother Earth!

Take action with Greta, other youth activists around the world, and the whole team at Avaaz . Add your name to the Emergency Appeal for Climate Action petition!

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/climate_action_now_loc/?chArinb

Following in the footsteps of Marian Anderson, here is a recording of "Stars" sung by Theresa Hamm-Smith from the Encomp...
10/25/2021
Stars from Only Heaven

Following in the footsteps of Marian Anderson, here is a recording of "Stars" sung by Theresa Hamm-Smith from the Encompass premiere production of the opera, Only Heaven. Music by Ricky Ian Gordon.

"Stars" by Langston Hughes

O, sweep of stars over Harlem streets,
O, little breath of oblivion that is night.
A city building
To a mother's song.
A city dreaming
To a lullaby.
Reach up your hand, dark boy, and take a star.
Out of the little breath of oblivion
That is night,
Take just
One star.

#worldoperaday #meetopera OPERA America

https://youtu.be/DQo2j2QfrG0

Performed by Theresa Hamm-SmithA production of Encompass New Opera TheatreONLY HEAVEN was directed by Nancy Rhodes, choreographed by Fran Kirmser, conductor/...

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I noticed this was a community of opera fans, and wanted to share with you all another opportunity to enjoy classical singing from the comfort and safety of your very own home! I recently came across the Giulio Gari Foundation’s Official page, where they host their ‘Salon Series’. This series aims to spotlight young international classical singers by offering audiences an inside look into how they discovered and pursued their passion for opera. This foundation supports and fosters the growth of operatic singers covering all ranges and backgrounds. Last week’s episode featured Metropolitan Opera’s very own Errin Duane Brooks. Brooks is a promising young tenor who most recently made his debut in their award-winning performance of ‘Porgy and Bess’. I loved listening to him speak about his inspirations, and watching the performances that lead to a breakthrough in his career. The episodes are free to all viewers, and can be easily accessed through the Giulio Gari Foundation Official page, or through their official site at giuliogari.org ! I think this is a great opportunity to bring the opera community back together to tune into some of their favorite artists. I highly recommend checking them out!
Encompass celebrates Women Leaders and Artists Around the World --
My friends at Encompass New Opera Theatre have added a new Musical Journey video. You may recognize the subject. It has been a little quiet around here but, rest assured, I’m still finding my musical path.
There is a new venue for Sunday's Music of Heart and Soul concert with Encompass New Opera Theatre. The National Opera America Center, 330 Seventh Avenue (between 28th & 29th Streets), 7th Floor. Sunday, February 10, 2012 at 4 p.m.
An extraordinary opera company that champions new operas. Even now.
Encompass New Opera Theatre is doing a retrospective on their work. I have sung frequently with them throughout my career. This photo is from "The Astronaut's Tale" at BAM in 2016.
As the local, national, and global response to the pandemic has been shifting rapidly, Symphony Space has suspended all programs and events in its theaters through April 1 including Presenter Partner Encompass New Opera Theatre's Page To Stage concert on 3/22 --
Thank you @fredplotkin for this article, so thoughtfully shining the light on those that shine the Light. Feel free to add those that have continued to create the pathways... Here are some of mine: Kim Witman Nicole Paiement Nancy Rhodes Encompass New Opera Theatre Rhoda Levine Lee Wildman
As my capstone to Art Song Colorado's Fundraising February, Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live has featured us in their newsletter. Take a look at all the good work they do back in NYC and their lovely feature on my little art song group: What Happens When you Leave NYC We know, we know, to live, work and play in New York City is a goal of lots of students up to their ears in college courses right now. Every January and September, recent grads flood the streets of New York looking for that elusive “break.” They may be singers, actors, directors, choreographers, or designers, but they all think that if they “can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere,” to quote a favorite Sinatra song. And so the waves flow in, but relatively soon, the waves flow out. There are tons of reasons: the starkness of constant “Thanks yous” (which is the NYC translation of “NO”); the rent; the drain on finances; the office job one can get anywhere; marriage; babies; and “I just can’t take it any mores.” Keep that in mind “O you with one eye on the text book and the other day dreaming of New York City.” Yet there is abundant life after New York City or should we say “in spite of New York City.” We keep up with our artists through social media and email blasts. It was through these that we discovered ART SONG COLORADO. This relatively new endeavor is headed by Eapen Leubner (Eapen Leubner, Tenor and www.eapenleubner.com) who played Christian in a newly restored version of Victor Herbert’s Cyrano de Bergerac (in NYC of course) back in the Fall of 2013. That production was the true beginning of VHRP LIVE! He’s an amazing young tenor. Meet Colorado Art Song Eapen lived and worked in New York until 2014. He performs across the nation from New York to Florida to California to Alaska. In 2012 he made his international debut in Albania for their 100th anniversary of Independence. He sang leading roles with many NYC opera companies, Light Opera of New York, Chelsea Opera, Encompass New Opera Theatre and more. Eapen gained a sterling reputation for modern operas such as Tom Cipullo’s “Glory Denied”, Charles Fussell’s “The Astronaut’s Tale” and Sameer Ramchandran’s “Deirdre”. A more recent convert to operetta, Eapen sang in “Sweethearts” and “The Mikado” in addition to “Cyrano.” When his third child arrived, Eapen realized that perhaps a one-bedroom apartment may not be quite enough space. After searching the city for apartments, he decided to move to the mountains of Colorado. (Be still our hearts!). After the move, Eapen was looking for a musical opportunity outside of his solo work. A frequent recitalist, he always was surprised that his friends outside the music industry were often confused as to the recital genre. They liked the music but he heard comments like, “I didn’t know to read the notes in the program” and “I would have loved to know more about why you chose those songs.” It seemed like the context for art song performance had been lost for those new to the genre. With this feedback in mind, Eapen recorded his first album with fellow Ithaca College Alumnus, Mallory Bernstein, pianist, under the name Denver Art Song Project. The group began performing recitals and evolved from formal recitals to a more casual format with digital art and super-title projection, staging and storytelling. The style can be found online web show , #artsongexperiment. Eapen hopes to introduce brand new audiences to this tiny genre of classical music by bringing back the context around art song. ‘If I introduce a person to art song and they later pay to see Stephanie Blythe in recital, I have succeeded,” he says. In addition to live and online performance, the group’s second recording was Schubert’s “Die Schoene Muellerin” for voice and guitar with Eapen and his engineer, Michael Bevers. Over the next few years, the group began hiring other performers including Stephanie Ann Ball, Soprano who curated “The Pillars of African-American Art Song”. Last September, Eapen and Stephanie spoke about the show at the Videmus conference at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Eapen has always been interested in emerging technology and how it can open up classical music to younger audiences. He began playing in that space with collaboration with The People's Theatre of Denver, a local experimental theater group. The first result was Lee Hoiby’s “The Jabberwocky”. The video combines live action, puppets and computer effects for a unique music video take on this art song. The group began experimenting with 360-degree videos. Be sure to watch just such a video by clicking on the picture below. You can look around a virtual art gallery as pictures move around the space. Eapen curated the pictures to reflect each verse of “Das Wandern” by Schubert. Or just enjoy the performers and super-titles. In 2020, Denver Art Song Project completed its transformation to Art Song Colorado. The group took the new name after they began performing state-wide from Denver to Grand Junction to Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs. The group is now co-led by Colorado Mesa University professors Graham Anduri and Stefanie Kavas Anduri. Margaret Ozaki Graves, a frequent soloist with the group, assists on the Front range. Their board includes educators from University of Colorado and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Art Song Colorado applied for 501c3 status and is now looking to raise $6,000 to support their inaugural season.You can donate HERE or follow along on social media HERE. Eapen says, “working with Victor Herbert Renaissance Project was a major inspiration when I started my group, we even stole one quarter of their name! Joking aside, VHRP showed me how impeccable performance in a narrow genre can find an audience of ardent fans. My work always calls back to my mentors so expect hear Herbert as we continue to grow and thrive.”
TIME FOR ANOTHER ARTIST HIGHLIGHT! Introducing Tascha Anderson as DANIEL in our production of SUSANNA by G.F. Handel Praised by Opera News as "a warm, elegant mezzo,” Tascha Anderson originally hails from #Montana and has also been esteemed as “emotionally rich,” “a brassy mezzo with flair,” "vivacious," and "a wild one." Up next, Ms. Anderson will make her debut with Oratorio Society of Richmond in their unsettling production of Händel's Susanna to be performed on International Women's Day. Proceeds will go to Safe Harbor, a Women's Shelter in #Richmond. Ms. Anderson will portray the role of Daniel in the performance, and will sing excerpts of both Daniel and Susanna on NPR Richmond to promote the event. An advocate of new American opera and modern classical music, Ms. Anderson created the role of Pamela in Evan Mack’s Roscoe, first premiering at Seagle Music Colony, followed by a concert with Albany Symphony, where she sang alongside soprano Deborah Voigt. Albany Times Union regarded her as “a standout.” Last January, she performed with Grammy Award Winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) in the Boston premiere and recording of Haroun and the Sea of Stories. as well as a recording, with Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), one of several New Music recordings she is featured on. Shortly after in March, she made her debut with Encompass New Opera Theatre to perform arias from one of her favorite operas Angel of the Amazon, by Evan Mack as part of a concert at the National Opera Center sponsered by The American Opera Project. With an extensive background in dance training, Tascha is equally comfortable in the Musical Theatre repertoire. She has made appearances as Petra (A Little Night Music) both Florinda and the Stepmother (Into the Woods), Eulalie Shinn (The Music Man) and has appeared as featured ensemble in many others. BroadwayWorld described Tascha's dancing as Succubus in Swift Creek Mill Theatre's The Mystery of Edwin Drood as "magical." Notable recent credits and favorite roles include the title role in The Tragedy of Carmen with Tri-Cities Opera and Charlottesville Opera, Florinda in Into the Woods with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Pastore 4 in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with The Chautauqua Opera Company, and Jacqueline in Gounod’s Le médecin malgré lui with Odyssey Opera, under the baton of Grammy Award winning maestro Gil Rose. The Boston Globe hailed Tascha's debut with Odyssey Opera as "memorable" and Opera Magazine celebrated her as a "present, well-honed, and agile mezzo." Last fall, Ms. Anderson was happy to make her debut with the Glens Falls Symphony in New York to sing Candelas in Manuel De Falla’s masterpiece El amor brujo. Glens Falls Chronicle praised Tascha's "fiery drama and dusk-edged mezzo vocals." Ms. Anderson holds an M.M. in Voice Performance from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and a B.A. with music emphasis in Voice Performance from Pepperdine University. #rva #virginia #vcu #opera #operasinger #oratorio #classicalmusic #sopranolife #mezzolife #tenorlife #basslife #countertenorlife #choir #orchestra #choirlife #orchestralife #baroque #handel #music #rvamusic #rvaphotographer #metoo #internationalwomensday #nonprofit #SusannaRVA #livemusic #rvasusanna