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North American Works Directory Listing
Where's Dick?
Stewart Wallace
Stewart Wallace was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Texas. The radical mix of jazz, blues, gospel, Tejano, rock and classical music there profoundly influenced him. He played in a rock and roll band and sang as a cantor in the synagogue. For his thesis at the University of Texas at Austin, he wrote his first opera, though he was studying literature and philosophy, not music; and at 28 years old, he had his first major premiere Where's Dick? at Houston Grand Opera. This was the beginning of his fruitful and ongoing collaboration with librettist Michael Korie. Like many subsequent Wallace works, Where's Dick? wrestles with the myth of America and its politics, in this case seen through a series of comic book grotesques doing vaudeville turns.

Now forty-four years old, the versatile composer has written music in every genre with performances throughout the world.

From his website, www.stewartwallace.com
Michael Korie
Directed and designed by Richard Foreman, Conducted by John DeMain
http://www.stewartwallace.com/wheres_dick.htm
May 01, 1989
Houston Grand Opera
Inspired by detective fiction, film noir and vaudeville, Where's Dick? takes place over one long Christmas Eve in a crime-riddled metropolis. In a series of misadventures, the wannabe hero Junior marries and loses his new sweetheart Fate Spritely, has sex with an albino gorilla, is kidnapped and held at a corrupt orphanage and eventually becomes a criminal celebrity himself when he commits murder and has his ''face in the papers, name up in lights.'' The opera answers the question ''Where's Dick?'' with the anti-anthem ''There's a Little Dick in All of Us.''
Soon to be a feature-length animated film directed by Greg Ford.
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Stewart Wallace
Sidmar Music
mail@stewartwallace.com
http://www.stewartwallace.com/main.htm

Winter 2013 Magazine Issue
  • A Banner Year for America Repertoire
  • The Political Voice on the Opera Stage
  • Trustees as New Music Advocates

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