Opera | Music | Kids

The Astronaut’s Tale

New York Premiere
Ages 8+
Jan 28—Jan 31, 2016
RUN TIME: 75min
*Students: 50% off orchestra seats only 
January 2016
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Thursday January 28, 2016
Performances no longer available.

Presented by Encompass New Opera Theatre

“…The Astronaut’s Tale should remind people both of the majesty of space exploration and the amazing story of how our universe was born.”
—Matthew Roberts, string theorist at NYU

Breathtaking images of the galaxies and outer space ignite this modern tale of a young man who dreams of space travel and flying to Mars. Guided by a mysterious stranger who challenges his views on creation and fuels his desire to become an astronaut, the young man discovers romance and a drive to succeed, which catapults his blast off into space, transforming his life. With stunning projections, an exciting percussive score for chamber orchestra, and gorgeous vocal music, The Astronaut's Tale is a luminous glimpse at a multidimensional universe and the majesty of outer space.

Music by Charles Fussell
Libretto by Jack Larson
Directed by Nancy Rhodes
Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison

Sets by Stephen H. Carmody
Projections by Lianne Arnold
Costumes by Angela Huff
Lighting by Sarah Johnston


This event is presented by Encompass New Opera Theatre. BAM house and ticketing policies may not apply.

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Opening Night Reception 

Thu, Jan 28 at 9:15pm (following the performance)
Fisher Lower Lobby

$125 tickets include performance and party

Join Encompass for an Opening Night Reception honoring Michael Massimino—former NASA astronaut, curator at NYC’s Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, and professor at Columbia University.

Lecture and Stargazing Series 

with Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach

Dec 4 & 18 at 7pm
Pupin Hall, Columbia University

A free stargazing event open to the public for all of you star lovers.

Post-show Talk 

with Performers and Astronomers from Columbia University

Fri, Jan 29 at 9:15pm
Sat, Jan 30 at 4:15 & 9:15pm
Sun, Jan 31 at 4:15pm

With Eapen Leubner, Lianne Gennaco, Frank Basile, and Christopher Vettel and guest astronomers