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…
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“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…
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
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.