Bread and Circuses London Performances & Broadcast

Excerpts from the new opera “Bread and Circuses: an opera in two acts and a wrestling show” performed in London on September 20th at the Cockpit Theatre and the 21st to the 23rd at the Playground Theatre.

From the 24th of September until the 22nd of October the Cockpit Show will be streaming online as an interactive broadcast. Click here!

Music: Liam Wade
Words: Charles Ogilvie
Original concept: Mark Johnston
Additional development: Julia Mintzer

Producer: Eleanor Benson
Music Director: Mark Johnston
Stage Director: Julia Mintzer
Assistant Director: Eleanor Burke
Production Manager: Ryan Wilce

Shaunie Flynn: Camilla Kerslake
Ada Vance: Grainne Gilllis
Voice of Vince Flynn: John Packard
Voice of the MC: Liam Wade
Piano: Mark Johnston
Percussion: Darren Berry

Video Game developed by: Ravensbourne University
Led by: Dev Bye-a-Jee
Animators: Philip Kakala, Sam Galloway, Jez Fermor, Sebastian Winnett
In consultation with: Charles Ogilvie and Sebastian Winnett

New Jazz Arrangements live in Philadelphia, April 22, 2018

This new set of songs compiled and arranged for Julia Mintzer will premiere in April in Philadelphia:

  • “Hyacinth” (2007)
  • “Only until this cigarette is ended” (2013);
  • “If I Were a Bell” – Frank Loesser (1950) (arr. Wade)
  • “Whisper Not” – Benny Golson (1956) (arr. Wade)

Find out more about the event here!
Date: April 22, 2018 at 3 pm
Location: Eastern University,
1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA 19087.

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.

Recap of Semper Soiree at Semperoper

“Beautiful Child of Song” – Semper Soiree at Semperoper Dresden

Semper Soiree 2015

Congratulations to all of the spectacular performers who made the Semper Soiree concert a tremendous success. Thank you so much to Ellen Rissinger, Julia Mintzer, Janosch Armer and Haedun Lee for their wonderful performance of Recuerdo. And big thank you to Semperoper Dramaturgin Anne Gerber and the audience for such a warm welcome.

Read more about the performance in an interview with Ellen Rissinger, Vocal Coach at the Semperoper Dresden, by Nicole Czerwinka, posted on Elbmargarita. In the interview, Ellen discusses what is unique about American art song, and what the audience can expect to hear on the Semper Soiree concert.

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.