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!
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.
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…
Piedmont Opera will be presenting in Winston-Salem, NC, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, in the composer’s bicentennial year. Read the full announcement here. A cursed sea captain and his ghostly ship are doomed to wander the ocean until judgment day, in search of true love – his only chance of redemption. A beautiful young heroine, desperate to escape her restricting world, brings salvation when she abandons her life to prove her love for the captain. Three performances will happen on October 25, 27 matinee, and 29, 2013, respectively at 8 PM, 2 PM, and 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at the Stevens Center Box Office (call 336-721-1945; as of today, no more online sales)….
“The Flying Dutchman” opens Friday night at the Stevens Center, with Jake Gardner in the title role. Read the full article by Lynn Felder/Special Correspondent for the Winston-Salem Journal.
Opera Lively features another phenomenal interview with the very experienced and knowledgeable bass-baritone Jake Gardner, who will be singing Don Alfonso in NC Opera’s 2013–14 fully staged production of Così fan tutte. Read the complete interview here.
In La traviata, the offending baritone is Jake Gardner as Giorgio Germont. Germont is the father of our young tenor, Alfredo, who is in love with our soprano, Violetta. The relationship has caused problems for the Germont family. One of those is the plight of Alfredo’s sister whose fiance will not marry her until her family name is clear. Germont sings a beautiful duet with Violetta and then with Alfredo as he asks the two to end their scandalous relationship and restore honor to the family. Mr. Gardner’s singing and acting perfectly capture the mood of his character and the scenes. He uses formidable vocal skill to sing a difficult role with…