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… 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
“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.
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 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.
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!
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.
Rob Hubbard, special to the Pioneer Press, ranks Mill City Summer Opera’s “The Barber of Seville” (July 13-21) 6th place for Best Classical Music of 2013… Jake Gardner played the role of Dr. Bartello in this performance. Read the Rest of the Best here…