Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director

A compelling music drama by Evan Mack,  is based on the true story of Sister Dorothy Stang, who devoted her life to protecting the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous peoples who make it their home. In 2005 at age 73, Sister Dorothy was killed by assassins hired by the owner of a logging company, who felt her  passion for the Earth and all of its gifts to be a threat. Her sacrifice launched a global movement to save the rainforest and to plant trees around the world. Dot, as she was fondly known, met and faced all these challenges in serving the people of Brazil whom she loved so deeply and for whom she sacrificed her life.
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Meet the Cast!!

Melanie Long
(Sister Dorothy Stang)

Admired for her unique vocal prowess, “...easily switch-hitting from high coloratura to Broadway belt” (New York Post). She most recently made her Arizona Opera debut in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Prior to that she joined the World Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. Ms Long made her New York City Opera Debut in Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie’s Hopper’s Wife. Long created the role of Anna in Encompass Theatre’s world premiere of Anna Christie, based on Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, composed by Edward Thomas. The production and her performance received triumphant reviews and the cast album was nominated for a Grammy in 2020.

José Rubio

Baritone José Rubio’s recent engagements have included debuts at the famed Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Berlin Staatsoper, the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, and in Vienna at the Ronacher Theater. His operatic credits include the title roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Gianni Schicchi. Other credits include Escamillo in Carmen, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Marcello in La Bohème. His leading credits include principal roles for Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Nashville Opera, Alamo City Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Tacoma Opera, Vashon Opera, and Juneau Lyric Opera.He is among the first westerners to sing leading roles in China in contemporary mandarin language operas. He has been a guest soloist with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra.

Marie Anello

Marie Anello is a classically trained mezzo-soprano who has performed with numerous theater and opera companies including Write Act Repertory, New York City Opera, Killer Queen Opera, The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, and the Pittsburgh Festival Opera Young Artist Program. Marie has had the pleasure of working with Encompass New Opera for several years, debuting the role of Ambrosia in the New York premiere of Richard Pearson Thomas's A Wake or a Wedding. Most recently she appeared as Betty Compton in Soho Playhouse’s immersive theater production, Tammany Hall, and in her self-produced one woman cabaret Spektorology with Frigid NY

Joseph Peterson

Joseph is delighted to return to Encompass in this important and timely piece. He last appeared with the company in Blood of Angels and in Capital Capitals, as well as several of the Encompass Galas. NYC appearances include: Theban Officer in Martin Halpern’s The Death of Oedipus, Sobieski/Dimitri/Petrov in Michael Strogoff , Albert in It Shoulda Been You, Narrator in The Wrath of Connie, Lavrov’s Associate in When the Blood Ran Red, Alderman Perez in Eddie and the Palaceades, Craig/ Iset/ Royal Moyel in The Whole Magillah, &  Simon/ Idel in Warsaw the Musical. Other roles include: Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Steward in Into the Woods, Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha. Special thanks to my husband Bill, for his endless support. 

Clayton Graves Williams
(Raul, Farmer; Logging Company Officer, Gunman)

Clayton G Williams a native of Detroit, MI. has been featured in Television shows: “Law & Order,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “The Blacklist.” Commercial and print campaigns and performed with noted conductors, companies such American Opera Projects, Encompass Theatre, The New York Philharmonic, Harlem Opera Theatre and Mile Long Opera. I am also a Lotte Lenya Encouragement Award recipient. Recently I released my first solo Album called PolyMUSE a collection of all the musical styles that inspired me to become anartist! Choral music, Art songs, spirituals and Jazz. PolyMUSEis available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Deezer and Pandora. More in the artist website:


Danielle Bavli

Praised for her "warmth and tendresse,” Danielle Bavli is a coloratura soprano from New York City. Some of her recent performance highlights include Rosina in Il barbieredi Siviliga with the Brevard Janiec Opera Company, Norinain Don Pasquale with Pacific Northwest Opera, and Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte with Opera NEO. This season, she performs with Encompass New Opera Theatre, Salt Marsh Opera, and Bronx Opera. She holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Ayesha Robyn F. Domingo

Ayesha Robyn F. Domingo (Chorus/Assistant Stage Manager) is a NYC-based actor, stage manager, writerand theater marketer. She has studied theater in Hong Kong, Singapore and London before coming to New York and graduating with a B.S. in Theatre from Skidmore College. Favorite credits include Bamboo BoxSomewhere: The Primer for the End of Days and Dogeaters. She is grateful for the cast and crew for being incredibly passionate and warm people on and off the stage.
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The Artistic Team!

Evan Mack, Composer-Librettist
Nancy Rhodes, Stage Director
Elizabeth Hastings, Music Director

as well as,
Griffin Strout, Caitlin Belcik, Andis Gjoni, Charles Wittreich, Chris D’Angelo, Angela Huff

The Rainforests are the heart and breath of our planet, evocative of the Tree of Life, symbolizing the eternal connection of air, light, water, and earth in harmony with the people of the world.

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