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Liam Wade

Liam Wade is an American composer of opera, art song, symphonic works and chamber music. His comic opera, Part of the Act, was commissioned by Washington National Opera and premiered at the Kennedy Center on their 2012-13 season. His one act opera, The Stranger The Better, won the Audience Award at The Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Opera Project in 2016. His music has been heard on concerts at La Jolla Music Society, ProQuartet France, Toronto Music Garden, One Ounce Opera, The Atlanta Opera, West Edge Opera, Academy of Vocal Arts, The Kennedy Center and Semperoper Dresden.

He studied composition with Philip Lasser and Jake Heggie.

Music for Solo Voice by Liam Wade

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for Heldentenor and Piano
THE EVE OF WATERLOO (2014) features Lord Byron’s poem about the events of the night before the battle of Quatre Bras, which was fought near Brussels, on June 16, 1815, and was the preliminary of the great battle of Waterloo. The piece was written for Heldentenor John Packard and commissioned to premiere in June 2015 […]
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for soprano and piano
Silver Apples can be heard on the CD Currents by Soprano Ann Moss, available from iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and other venus. Liam composed this enchanting song cycle for me and pianist Steven Bailey to premiere on CMASH’s second annual New American Chamber Music program in 2008. Liam and I selected the moon-themed poems together, […]
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for soprano and piano
High and Low (2013) is four song cycle on poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and John Grimmett that in its musical journey brings together several very different sound worlds. From the Laurel Canyon 60s folky opening number “Afternoon on a Hill” to the chilling operatic drama of “distance is crueler…” to the Schubert/ Iron Maiden […]
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for lyric tenor and piano
“Chamber Music” is an eight-song cycle for tenor and piano that sets love poems written by James Joyce.
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