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.
BroadwayWorld.com interviews bass baritone Jake Gardner about his performance of Judge Turpin in Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET with Houston Grand Opera. For details and to purchase tickets, read the full article here…
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 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.
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.
“…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.
“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” is a free concert offered by HOT and will be held August 20 & 21, 2014, starting at 7pm in the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre Rehearsal Hall, located at 780 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Bass Baritone Jake Gardner and wife, Soprano Jill Gardner, are here in Hawaii to work with members of the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio, a program offered through HOT’s Education & Outreach. Select singers from the Orvis Opera Studio have been chosen to participate. The singers receive coaching and will take part in the concerts featuring performances by the Gardners. Seating is limited. Please call 808-596-7372 to RSVP. Read the full article here.