Meet the Artist: Jake Gardner
“Opera is when a tenor and soprano want to make love, but are prevented from doing so by a baritone.”
—George Bernard Shaw
In La traviata, the offending baritone is Jake Gardner as Giorgio Germont. Germont is the father of our young tenor, Alfredo, who is in love with our soprano, Violetta. The relationship has caused problems for the Germont family. One of those is the plight of Alfredo’s sister whose fiance will not marry her until her family name is clear. Germont sings a beautiful duet with Violetta and then with Alfredo as he asks the two to end their scandalous relationship and restore honor to the family.
Mr. Gardner’s singing and acting perfectly capture the mood of his character and the scenes. He uses formidable vocal skill to sing a difficult role with finesse and beauty. The relationship between son and father is clear and believable with Mr. Gardner in the role of the elder Germont.
Don’t miss your opportunity to see Mr. Gardner perform the role of Giorgio Germont in Opera Omaha’s October 5 and 7 production of La traviata! Tickets are available online at Ticket Omaha or 402-345-0606. Read more about Mr. Gardner here…