“The standout supporting performance was Jake Gardner as the crusty and conceited old landlord, Benoit. The main roles are excellently cast – the singing is beautiful, dramatic, and the characterizations just, consistent, and restrained.” For the full performance review please read the DC Metro Arts article. La Bohème will open in Richmond, Virginia at Carpenter Theater on November 20th. There will be a matinee showing on November 22. Click here for tickets and further information.
BroadwayWorld.com interviews bass baritone Jake Gardner about his performance of Judge Turpin in Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET with Houston Grand Opera. For details and to purchase tickets, read the full article here…
Bass-baritone Jake Gardner will reprise the role of Judge Turpin in Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Houston Grand Opera. Sweeney Todd is a masterpiece of the American musical theater—it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Dates: April 24, 26M, 29 and May 2, 8, 9, 2015 For tickets and further details, visit Houston Grand Opera’s website.
The staff of DC Metro Theater Arts is honored to announce their 2014 Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theatres… Best Actor in a Musical Jake Gardner as Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S. Pinafore at Virginia Opera Company Read the full listing of honors here.
Join us for the lively Showstoppers Pops Series’ Home for the Holidays, December 13th, 2014 at 7:30pm. Featuring Jose-Luis Novo–conductor, Jill Gardner–soprano, Jake Gardner–baritone, with the Binghamton Downtown Singers at the Raphael Grigorian Ballet Theatre. For tickets, visit the Binghamton Philharmonic website at http://binghamtonphilharmonic.org/pops-series/ Enjoy the sounds of the season with traditional favorites and new classics as we welcome the community to join the Binghamton Philharmonic in this holiday celebration.
“…the veteran Jake Gardner as Judge Turpin created a rounded and richly sung portrayal of a sleazy elderly villain (complete with the uncomfortable self-flagellation aria, which is so hard to pull off that it’s often cut).” —Anne Midgette, The Washington Post Read the full review here.
“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” is a free concert offered by HOT and will be held August 20 & 21, 2014, starting at 7pm in the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre Rehearsal Hall, located at 780 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Bass Baritone Jake Gardner and wife, Soprano Jill Gardner, are here in Hawaii to work with members of the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio, a program offered through HOT’s Education & Outreach. Select singers from the Orvis Opera Studio have been chosen to participate. The singers receive coaching and will take part in the concerts featuring performances by the Gardners. Seating is limited. Please call 808-596-7372 to RSVP. Read the full article here.
For its third season of outdoor, summertime opera, Mill City Summer Opera has chosen to stage “TOSCA,” the Puccini tearjerker, with Jill Gardner in the title role. Artistic director David Lefkowich will direct a staging set in the 1940s, and Brian DeMaris will be the show’s music director. Other cast members include Jake Gardner (Scarpia) and Dinyar Vania (Cavaradossi). As usual, Mill City will stage the opera outdoors in the Mill City Museum’s Ruin Courtyard. The past two seasons (“Pagliacci” and “The Barber of Seville”) have mostly sold out, so this is a hot ticket. Click here to read the full article and to reserve your seat!
Jake Gardner plays the Music Teacher in Virginia Opera’s production of Richard Strauss’ comic masterpiece. Read Beloff’s full post and see wonderful photos from the performance here… (Photo and post by Hampton Roads photographer, David Adam Beloff. See more of his work on his Website.)
Virginia Opera kicks off 2014 with a hilarious production of the comic masterpiece, Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, opening on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Va., Additional performances follow in Norfolk, Fairfax and Richmond, Va. Tickets start at just $19 and are available on the Virginia Opera website at www.vaopera.org, or, for personalized seating assistance, please call the Box Office at 866.OPERA.VA. Read the full article here.