Virginia Opera’s production of La Fanciulla del West Review by Tim Smith “THE EMOTIONS FUELING THE PLOT of La Fanciulla del West—unfulfilled sensual needs, homesickness, sense of duty and community, those old favorites of faith, hope and jealousy—were all given serious, sincere attention in a Virginia Opera production that reaffirmed, as admirers of Puccini’s brilliant work have long maintained, it deserves much more prominence in the canon. Aided at every moment by Adam Greene’s refined lighting, there was no shortage of good old-fashioned atmosphere from the scenery (John Conklin) and costumes (Constance Hoffman), originally designed for the Glimmerglass Festival. The director of that earlier production, Lillian Groag, brought her incisive touch to this staging as…
“Ashby, the Wells Fargo man working with Rance in frontier-justice pursuit of the Ramirez gang, was sung and acted with authority by bass Jake Gardner, husband of heroine Jill, and Virginia’s Judge Turpin last year.” Read David Wagner’s review in it’s entirety here…
Master Teacher Series Event! Free and open to the public! Tuesday – October 10, 2017 – 7 PM at the Dominion Arts Center, 600 E. Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219. Experience the preparation process for Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists as they advance their professional dream with our Master Teacher series. Jill Bowen Gardner & Jake Gardner who will be starring in our production of Puccini’s ‘The Girl of the Golden West’ will provide instruction and advice to the young singers. Enjoy light refreshments with the artists following the presentation. To reserve a space, call 866.673.7282 https://vaopera.org/events/master-teacher-series/
“…Gardner, who first appeared with Virginia Opera in “La Traviata” during the company’s premiere season in 1975, will perform his 100th professional role in the German work, and since he is performing two characters, he is performing his 101st role as well. He will sing the character of the Hermit, and portray Samiel, which is a speaking role…” Read the full article by April Phillips on The Virginian-Pilot’s website…
“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.
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.
“…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.
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.