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!

Listen online to my first opera “Part of the Act”!

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Listen to and learn more about Part of the Act here!

Recorded on 03/25/15 by Ian DeNolfo and Lloyd Joseph Frank at Lion Media Creations, the recording features Julia Mintzer, Shantelle Przybylo, John Packard and Louis Menendez.

Part of the Act recording project

POTA recording1Part of the Act” is a comic opera in one act with libretto by John Grimmett and music by Liam Wade.

Please consider supporting my “Part of the Act” recording project with a tax deductible donation.

POTA was originally commissioned by Washington National Opera as a part of the inaugural American Opera Initiative produced at the Kennedy Center during the 2012-2013 season. The premiere performance was a tremendous success. However, it was not possible to make a recording at that time.

We have assembled a fantastic group of musicians for this recording project including two original WNO cast members, Julia Mintzer and Shantelle Przybylo, who were joined by two celebrated Philadelphia area musicians, pianist Louis Menendez, and John Packard singing the role of Seamus McGinley. The recording project took place March 23-25, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.

You can listen to the studio recording here!

Recorded 03/25/15 by Ian DeNolfo and Lloyd Joseph Frank at Lion Media Creations,
Bryn Mawr, PA.

Shantelle Przybylo – Ginger Taylor
Julia Mintzer – Mabel McGinley
John Packard – Seamus McGinley
Louis Menendez – Piano

Lisa Willson – Piano effects and voiceover

Produced by Liam Wade

Copyright © 2012-2015 Liam Wade and John Grimmett.

Endless thanks to librettist John Grimmett; our amazing cast, John Packard, Julia Mintzer, Shantelle Przybylo and Louis Menendez; and Ian DeNolfo, Lisa Willson DeNolfo and Lloyd Joseph Frank at Lion Media Creations; and the amazing donors and supporters who making this recording possible!

Please consider supporting my Part of the Act” recording project with a tax deductible donation.

We are getting closer and closer, only about $400 away from reaching our fundraising goal of $3,586 to pay for this wonderful recording! Any donation, small or large that you could share with us would be a big help!

Your donation will go directly to paying the performers and for studio and editing costs, and make it possible for this innovative new chamber opera to be heard.

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Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Part of the Act Recording are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.