One Ounce Opera presents “The Stranger the Better” in Austin, Texas


One Ounce Opera presents
The Stranger the Better on the 2nd Annual Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera!

The first opera showcase of its kind in Austin, Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera’s focus is on new operas, 10-20 minutes in length. After a competitive national call for submissions, The Stranger the Better by Vynnie Meli and Liam Wade has been selected as one of this year’s winners.

Enjoy the regional and world premieres of five varied, cutting edge pieces presented in an intimate, accessible warehouse space in the heart of East Austin. — IN ENGLISH — on the following dates:

  • Friday, April 7, 8:00PM
  • Saturday, April 8, 8:00PM
  • Sunday, April 9, 2:00PM

Be there for a taste of the future of opera!
Oh, and wear your jeans and sneakers, if you’d like.
Get your ticket or donate to the project online!

One Ounce Opera Austin

Returning to the Atlanta Opera 24-Hour Opera Project® to write a new short opera

The annual 24-Hour Opera Project® is back!
I will also be back there to write a new short opera, this year teaming up with the crazy-hilarious folks at Dad’s Garage!

Here’s the idea: An entire opera written and performed in 24 hours.
Will the artists crack under the pressure? Will it produce amazing creative results?
I’m guessing yes and yes.

See what happens when the composers and singers team up with their writers and directors for one harried, red-eye night flight of collaboration, as they work to create cohesive, unique, bite-sized operas.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:00PM
Get your ticket here!

 

STL Opera Collective presents “The Stranger the Better” in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis Opera Collective presents The Stranger the Better at the Grand Center Theatre Crawl!

Date: June 30, 2017
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Grand Center St. Louis, MO
Performance every 1/2 hour ~FREE~

Find out more here!

San Francisco Classical Voice on THE STRANGER THE BETTER and West Edge Opera’s Snapshot festival

SFCV reporter Jeff Kaliss interviews composer Liam Wade and West Edge Opera General Director Mark Streshinsky on the upcoming Snapshot festival and Wade’s opera, The Stranger the Better, with libretto by Vynnie Meli.

Read the full article here!

My song cycle, CHAMBER MUSIC, at Denison University’s TUTTI Festival in Ohio

Chamber Music, with text by James Joyce, will be featured at Denison University’s TUTTI New Music Festival along with works by Robert Coe, Ross Feller, Ching-chu Hu, Monte Taylor and Augusta Read Thomas on Thursday, February 9th on a concert at Burke Recital Hall.

Find out more here!

Hartford Opera Theater presents “The Stranger the Better” in November 2016

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Hartford Opera Theater presents The Stranger the Better on its seventh annual “New in November”, new opera works workshop and festival!
The festival will take place November 18-20, 2016 and up to 6 new opera selections will receive a workshop performance.

After a competitive call for composer submissions, The Stranger the Better by Vynnie Meli and Liam Wade has been selected as one of this year’s winners.

 “New in November” – a fun and thought-provoking evening on November 20th!
Get your ticket here!

Love Life CD now available!

Love Life – new album

Genre: Classical: Vocal Music Release Date: 09/09/2016
Genre: Classical: Vocal Music Release Date: 09/09/2016

Available for download on bandcamp and iTunes.
Hard copy of the CD available here.

featuring
FULL FATHOM FIVE (2014) – Liam Wade
NEWER EVERY DAY: Songs for Kiri (2014) – Jake Heggie
FROM ‘THE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES’ (2013) – Jake Heggie
LOVE SONG SUITE: Songs by Joni Mitchell, Jake Heggie, Bob Dylan, and Lennon/McCartney, arranged by Ann Moss, Liam Wade, John Grimmett, and Steven Bailey.

With guest artists including cellist Emil Miland, pianist Steve Bailey, Chanticleer, violinist Isaac Allen, and pianist Jake Heggie.


CD Release Event on October 16th

Come celebrate the release of soprano Ann Moss’s sophomore album Love Life recorded at Skywalker Sound with four-time GRAMMY award-winning producer/engineer Leslie Ann Jones.

The concert features highlights from Love Life including Wade’s Full Fathom Five (2014), and his arrangement “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell.

Location:
Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
(510) 547-8188
(Map)

Reserve your ticket today!
$20 / $30 with purchase of CD
To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188

Please find more details here!

 

West Edge Opera presents “The Stranger the Better” in California

West Edge Opera presents “The Stranger the Better” on its Snapshot program on the following dates:

west-edge-opera-berkeleySnapshot is your chance to hear excerpts from new operas by both emerging and established Northern California composers in intimate concert settings. After an overwhelming response to our call for scores, eight composers’ works were selected for Snapshot’s inaugural year.

The chamber orchestra features members of San Francisco-based new music ensemble Earplay and will be led by Earplay’s Mary Chun and West Edge Opera Musical Director Jonathan Khuner.

Find out more about the Snapshot program and get your ticket online!

Audience Favorite Award for my new one act opera “The Stranger the Better” at the Atlanta Opera

Will Green and Julie Trammel
Will Green and Julie Trammel

The Stranger the Better – a new one act opera I wrote last weekend with librettist Vynnie Meli for The Atlanta Opera 24-hour Opera Project picked up the AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD at the premiere.

 

Team Blue - the winner of the audience’s vote 2016: Antoine Griggs, Vynnie Meli, Andrew Bayles, Liam Wade, Julie Trammel, Kristin Kenning, Laurie Marie Tossing, Will Green
Team Blue – the winner of the audience’s vote 2016: Antoine Griggs, Vynnie Meli, Andrew Bayles, Liam Wade, Julie Trammel, Kristin Kenning, Laurie Marie Tossing, Will Green

Congratulations and thank you to director Kristin Kenning, music director Andrew Bayles, and singers Antoine Griggs, Will Green, Julie Trammel and Laurie Marie Tossing who learned, staged and performed the piece in a single day!

Find out more about the new piece here!

 

 

Spring Concerts 2016

With recitals and opera performances in Germany and throughout the United States, there are many chances to hear my music over the next couple of months. You’ll find several shows listed below, with more dates in California, Texas and Chicago to be added. 

The cat and the moonMarch 10, 2016
Wade’s “The Cat and the Moon” on Semper Soiree at Semperoper Dresden

New arrangement for soprano (Emily Dorn), oboe (Elisabeth Grümmer) and piano (Ellen Rissinger).

Read more.

 

Love Life coverMarch 11, 2016
Love Life ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION in San Francisco, CA

with Emil Miland, Cello and Steven Bailey, Piano
Special guest Leslie Ann Jones, Producer/Engineer

• From ‘The Book of Nightmares’ (2013) – Jake Heggie
• Full Fathom Five (2014) – Liam Wade
• Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri (2014) – Jake Heggie
• Songs by Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan

Read more.

 

The Atlanta Opera logoApril 2, 2016
The Atlanta Opera 24-Hour Opera Project® in Atlanta, GA

I will write a new short opera for the The Atlanta Opera sixth annual 24-Hour Opera Project®.

Read more.

 

RIPE FIGSApril 10, 2016
Ripe Figs: a Showcase of Original Songs
in Berkeley, CA

Anton’s Well is proud to present
RIPE FIGS: A SHOWCASE OF ORIGINAL SONGS
One night only! Come hear art songs and new muical theater premieres from “The Best Bad Things,” “The 7 Deadly Pleasures, “Viva Concha”, and my new song-cycle “Chamber Music”. 

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WSNC-Tannhaeuser Transcription April 2016April 14, 2016
Wagner Society Recital
Piano Trio & Love in the Time of Email in San Francisco, CA

presented by the Wagner Society of Northern California and the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.

• Piano Trio including a transcription of the
Tannhäuser Ouvertüre
• Love in the Time of Email – for soprano, cello, and piano
Text by Caitlin Vincent

performed by The Lee Trio, Ann Moss, Steven Bailey and Emil Miland.

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One Ounce Opera AustinApril 15-16, 2016
One Ounce Opera presents Part of the Act in Austin, TX

One Ounce Opera presents Part of the Act by Liam Wade and John Grimmett on the 1st Annual Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera! The first “mini-opera-showcase” of it’s kind in Austin!

Enjoy the regional and world premieres of five varied, cutting edge pieces presented in an alternative space — IN ENGLISH.

Read more.

 

nanoworks logoMay 2016
World Premiere of my new opera, Susannah 2000 Songbook, at NANOWorks Cincinnati, OH

My new Sci-fi Cabaret Opera, Susannah 2000 Songbook with Libretto by Dara Weinberg, will be premiering in May 2016 on North American New Opera Workshop’s Sci-Fi Nite at McMicken Free Space, Cincinnati, Ohio. Date and performers to be announced soon.

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