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  • Encompass New Opera Theatre is a professional opera company located in New York City which specializes in premiering new productions, and reviving 20th century operas by American and international composers. A member of Opera America, Encompass was founded in 1975 by Nancy Rhodes who remains the company's Artistic Director. Since its founding, Encompass has produced over 50 fully mounted operas with orchestra as well as staged readings of more than 150 new works. The company's first production was Virgil Thomson's 1947 opera, The Mother of Us All. Other past productions have included: World premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's Only Heaven, set to poems by Langston Hughes. New York premiere of Grigory Frid's 1969 opera, The Diary of Anne Frank, set to excerpts from Anne Frank's diary Hans Werner Henze's End of a World and John Harbison's A Full Moon in March, a setting of the play by William Butler Yeats World premiere of Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On, an opera of based on the life of Gertrude Stein composed by William C. Banfield to a libretto by the poet Karren LaLonde Alenier

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