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Sunday, October 14, 2018
TIME & LOCATION:
3:00 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Production
Encompass New Opera Theatre [View Company]
Anna Christie
COMPOSER: Edward Thomas
LIBRETTIST: Joe Masteroff

SYNOPSIS/DESCRIPTION:

Encompass New Opera Theatre, celebrating over 40 years of creating and producing adventurous new music theatre-opera, will produce the World Premiere of ANNA CHRISTIE, a music drama, based on Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, with music by Edward Thomas (Desire Under the Elms at City Center) and libretto by Joseph Masteroff (Cabaret and She Loves Me, bookwriter). Nancy Rhodes will stage-direct and Julian Wachner will conduct a cast of well-known national and international performers: Frank Basile, Jonathan Estabrooks, Melanie Long, and Mike Pirozzi.

ANNA CHRISTIE made its Broadway debut at the Vanderbilt Theatre on November 2, 1921 and a few years later, Greta Garbo starred in the role of Anna Christie in the 1930 Hollywood film, which became a mega-hit and was Garbo’s first talking picture.

The sea is a powerful symbol in ANNA CHRISTIE and O’Neill having lived by the docks in New York City’s waterfront, was acquainted with the sailors, booze, saloons, and night life that he wrote about with such passion and authenticity. 

Abandoned by her father when she was only five years old, Anna suffered a life of hardship and carries a dark secret from her past. An emotionally charged reunion with her father, a captain of a coal barge, intensifies when a merchant sailor is pulled from the cold, dark waters of the Atlantic on a foggy night. When the fog clears, Anna, the sailor and her father are caught in a riveting struggle between love and the sea, changing their lives forever.

On Sunday, October 7thfollowing our matinee performance, please join the cast and celebrity guests for a celebration and opening reception honoring the 94thBirthday of composer Edward Thomas.



CAST
Frank Basile (Bass) — Chris Christopherson
Jonathan Estabrooks (Baritone) — Mat Burke
Melanie Long (Mezzo-Soprano) — Anna Christie
Joy Hermalyn (Mezzo-Soprano) — Marthy Owen
Mike Pirozzi (Speaking) — Larry, the Bartender
TIME & LOCATION:
3:00 PM
National Opera Center
330 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10001
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Production
Christman Opera Company [View Company]
A Metamorphosis
COMPOSER: Theodore Christman
LIBRETTIST: Anna Winslow

SYNOPSIS/DESCRIPTION:
The premiere of A Metamorphosis, based on an original story by Anna Winslow, offers a reflection upon the contemporary issues of teen homelessness and drug overdose as seen through the eyes of Juniper. It is the beauty of their art that brings this ragtag group together, but will that be enough to sustain them when tragedy befalls their little family?
TIME & LOCATION:
3:00 PM
National Opera Center
330 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10001
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Production
Christman Opera Company [View Company]
Adriana McMannes
COMPOSER: Theodore Christman
LIBRETTIST: Anna Winslow

SYNOPSIS/DESCRIPTION:
Paired in a double bill with A Metamorphosis will be Adriana McMannes, another work by Theodore Christman and Anna Winslow, which had its premiere at the National Opera Center in September of 2016. Set in England in the 1930s, this work has an anti-bullying theme and tells the story of the triumph of truth over malicious lies.
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