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Encompass Presents
Composer-Librettist, Evan Mack
Artistic Director, Nancy Rhodes
Music Director/Pianist, Elizabeth Hastings

At:  The Sheen Center  |  The Frank Shiner Theater
18 Bleecker St. New York, NY 10012, Entrance on Elizabeth St.

November 17-19
Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30 p.m.
Sat Matinee at 3:00 p.m.

A true story about strength and courage from the radical defenders of the Amazon Rainforest! Sister Dorothy Stang devoted her entire life to the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rainforest, working with and for them against the logging companies that looked to destroy 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.
Angel of the Amazon honors both Sister Dorothy, and the community that she worked with and loved so much.
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"[Evan] Mack, who wrote the libretto, is musically satisfying. He brings to mind the music of Menotti and is truly glorious...His harmonies and blending of drum beats adds to the American Opera repertoire. The 'Brazilian Farmer's Song,' and 'Bring On The Rain' add choral perfection."
–Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicle
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Special thanks to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur!

Pictured above from left to right:
Back Row: Nancy Rhodes, Evan Mack, Sister Kathleen Harmon, Mark Watson, Sister Kominko
Front Row: Sister Mary Alice McCabe; Sister Maria Delaney
On the Sunday, November 13th performance of Angel of the Amazon, Encompass was honored to welcome four members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the religious order Sister Dorothy Stang was a member of. We were joined by Sister Kathleen Harmon, Provincial Leader of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and Sister Mary Alice McCabe, who worked with Sister Dorothy Stang in Brazil. Both of them flew in from Cincinnati, Ohio, to speak on the panel about Sister Dorothy.

We were also joined by Sister Maria Delaney who works with the United Nations and organizations on 5 continents, and Sister Kominko from Japan who was in attendance. Joined by the Composer/librettist Evan Mack, the panel was moderated by Artistic Director Nancy Rhodes.

Sister Kathleen Harmon gave a beautiful testimony of how she and Evan Mack attended the same seminar in which she was a keynote speaker. She told the tragic story of what happened to Sister Dorothy which inspired him to write the opera. Sister Mary Alice spoke about living and working in Brazil with Sister Dorothy, and the dedication and perseverance of Dorothy's work with the community for over 40 years. 

Following the murder and martyrdom of Sister Dorothy, they traveled to the community where she lived and worked. Because of the remote location, the plane had no landing strip, but instead the indigenous people of the area had created a giant sunflower on the ground so that the plane knew where to land and to receive them in mourning. The audience, cast members, and artistic team were deeply moved by the personal stories of the sister's friendship with Dorothy Stang and how important her work is for today. We deeply thank the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for their presence with us following the performance on November 13th.

Grateful thanks also to Mark Watson, Special Events Coordinator and Roger Cunningham, Co-Founder of Encompass.

Check out the reviews!!

"Playing Sister Dorothy is Melanie Long, who brings a spirituality to the role...she brings a clarity and sweetness to the high coloratura parts of the piece. Her aria “The Mountain Top” is one of the highlights of the piece."

"The phenomenally commending baritone José Rubio brings the embittered Luiz to life. Rubio’s voice is masterful, passionate and thrilling."

"As the Landowner, Joseph Peterson makes him seem helpful like a politician, but he allows us to see the evil within."

"Clayton G. Williams playing multiple roles shines as the Bishop."

"Marie Anello, Danielle Bavli, and Ayesha Robyn F Domingo rounded off the cast who sang beautifully and with heart."

–Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicle
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Encompass New Opera Theatre’s productions are made possible in part with public funds from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the Department of Cultural Affairs, and with the support from our generous corporate donors and individual patrons.
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