Wallace has spent much of his career composing unconventional, boundary-pushing operas, from the dance-centered Kabbalah to the surrealist Hopper's Wife. Mr. Wallace's first opera, Where's Dick, inspired in part by comic strips, is now being transformed into an animated film. Despite the success of Harvey Milk and the recent The Bonesetter's Daughter, several of Wallace's operas have yet to have a full performance.
Where's Dick? Libretto by Michael Korie. May, 1989, Texas Opera Theater, Miller Outdoor Theater, Houston, Texas
Kabbalah, chamber opera in 7 movements Libretto by Michael Korie. November, 1989, Next Wave Festival, Brookyln Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York
Harvey Milk, opera in three acts Libretto by Michael Korie. January 21, 1995, Houston Grand Opera, Houston, Texas
Hopper's Wife (composed 1992; premiere June 14, 1997, Long Beach Opera, California State University, Long Beach, California (co-production with the 92nd Street Y in New York))
Yiddisher Teddy Bears Libretto by Richard Foreman. [unperformed]
Supermax Libretto by Michael Korie. May, 2001
The Bonesetter's Daughter Libretto by Michael Korie and Amy Tan after the novel by Amy Tan. September 13, 2008, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco, California