Composer Liam Wade was the recipient of the Wagner Society of Northern California William O. Cord Memorial Grant Fund in 2015. He also received the 2014 Boston Metro Opera Festival Award for his opera, Part of the Act; and the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music 2014 Musical Grant Program Award for his song cycle, Full Fathom Five. Wade’s one act opera, The Stranger The Better, was awarded the 2016 Audience Prize at The Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Opera Project.
His chamber opera, Part of the Act, was commissioned by Washington National Opera and premiered at the Kennedy Center on their 2012-13 season. His music has been heard on concerts at La Jolla Music Society, ProQuartet France, Toronto Music Garden, One Ounce Opera (Austin, TX), Hartford Opera Theater, St. Louis Opera Collective, The Atlanta Opera, West Edge Opera, Academy of Vocal Arts, The Kennedy Center, and Semperoper Dresden.
Recent engagements include performances of The Stranger the Better in Hartford, Austin, St. Louis, Berkeley and San Francisco. In October 2017, an excerpt from his opera in development, Rosies, with libretto by Caitlin Vincent, will be performed at Semperoper Dresden on the Semper Soiree series.
Wade studied composition with Philip Lasser, Howard Frazin, Kurt Rohde, Ross Bauer, and Jake Heggie. He holds degrees from The Longy School of Music of Bard College and the University of California, Davis.