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Sunday, October 07, 2018
3:00 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Encompass New Opera Theatre [View Company]
Anna Christie
COMPOSER: Edward Thomas
LIBRETTIST: Joe Masteroff


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.

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
7:30 PM
Marc Scorca Hall at the National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue
7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
PHONE: 212-796-8630
Vital Opera [View Company]
Unfinished: An Opera — New Concert Reading


Vital Opera is pleased to announce a concert reading of Joshua Groffman and Sarah Heady’s Unfinished: An Opera, featuring newly added material. Unfinished tells the story of the life and death of Bennett College in Millbrook, NY. Originally opened as a finishing school for young women in 1908, Bennett’s abrupt closing in 1977 forever altered the economic and physical fabric of the village. Today, the abandoned campus remains fenced off and in ruins, a stark contrast to its beautiful environs and a lasting reminder of what was lost. Using a mix of archival materials and contemporary testimony from Bennett alumni and the Millbrook community, Unfinished explores how Bennett is remembered, and forgotten, today. The product of of nearly three years of collaboration thus far between composer Joshua Groffman, poet Sarah Heady, and producer Vital Opera, Unfinished is ultimately planned as a fully-staged, evening-length event.


Please note: There will be a 7pm pre-show talk with composer Joshua Groffman and librettist Sarah Heady, moderated by Vital Opera General Director Kelvin Chan, and the concert reading will be followed by a facilitated artist-audience discussion.

Maggie Finnegan (Soprano) — Soprano
Danielle Messina (Soprano) — Soprano
Kristin Gornstein (Mezzo soprano) — Mezzo soprano
Jose Rubio (Baritone) — Baritone
Kristen Kemp (—) — Piano
Rale Micic (—) — Electric Guitar
Daniela Candillari (—) — Conductor
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