Jake Gardner

Two of a Kind—Jill and Jake Gardner

Posted by Julie in News, Piedmont Opera

The opera powerhouse couple, Jill and Jake Gardner, who live in Kernersville, have performed the opera together all over the country. They will reprise their starring roles in an upcoming performance of TOSCA with Winston-Salem’s Piedmont Opera. “…Jill and Jake Gardner have graced the stages of opera houses throughout the world, including previous performances of “Tosca.” In a fortunate twist of fate, the husband and wife reside in Kernersville, just a stone’s throw from where they will reprise their roles as Tosca and Scarpia. “The Piedmont Opera is my home,” says Jill, adding that the first opera she ever saw was “Carmen” at Reynolds Auditorium. “Working here is the greatest delight, because we…

Indy Opera Presents Happy Birthday Wanda June!

Posted by Julie in Indianapolis Opera, News

Happy Birthday Wanda June began life as a play by Kurt Vonnegut in October 1971 at New York’s Theater de Lys. The play was Vonnegut’s first attempt at a stage work. Written to protest the Vietnam War in 1970, the play blends the sacred and the profane to produce off-the-wall and strangely funny satires. Wanda’s plot is based loosely on the Greek legends of Odysseus and Penelope—it involves the unexpected return of a mercenary career solider/hunter named Harold Ryan and his wife, Penelope. When Harold left Penelope, she was a ditzy carhop; when he returns after eight years lost in the Amazon, he finds that she has gone to college, majored in…

Eugene Opera Gives Jaw-Dropping Performance of ‘Eugene Onegin’

Posted by Julie in Eugene Opera, News, Review

“Eugene Opera… met and surpassed all of this reviewer’s expectations at the premiere on Friday night. Rather than merely managing this opera, each and every performer presented a jaw-dropping, tear-jerking, stellar production worthy of the best opera houses in the country, let alone the Hult Center… …The true love story of the night, however, was between Jill and Jake Gardner, husband and wife in real life and in the opera. Jake Gardner’s return to Eugene Opera struck a different tone from the sinister and dark characters of last season. His rich and emotive voice as Prince Gremin proved hypnotic and endearing, lending an immediacy to the character that often is overshadowed by…

Romance. Passion. Drama.

Posted by Julie in Eugene Opera, News

Bass-baritone Jake Gardner, a “particularly moving and disturbing” (Register-Guard) Judge Turpin in Eugene Opera’s Sweeney Todd, returns as Tatiana’s husband Prince Gremin. Boasting a career which includes performances with major opera companies and orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, he remains one of the opera world’s most sought-after singing actors for his “splendid voice and commanding presence” (Syracuse Post-Standard). Jake Gardner also recently appeared here as the elder Germont in La Traviata. The show: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center Sung in Russian with English supertitles Purchase tickets at the official site of Eugene Opera in Eugene, Oregon

La Bohème’ at Virginia Opera

Posted by Julie in News, Virginia Opera

“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.

HGO’s SWEENEY TODD will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Posted by Julie in Houston Grand Opera, News

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.