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Bass-baritone Jake Gardner's career spans North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Having begun as the principal baritone at Oper Köln, Germany, he went on to appear at Glyndebourne under the baton of Simon Rattle, the Wexford Festival, Budapest Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet, Komische Oper Berlin, and with opera companies in Bonn, Dresden, Vienna, and the Netherlands. He has appeared throughout North America, in concert performances as well as on the operatic stage.

Boasting a career which includes performances with major opera companies and orchestras throughout the world, Jake Gardner remains one of the opera world’s most sought-after singing actors. Upcoming engagements include Germont in La Traviata in a return to Hawaii Opera Theatre, Doc in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with New York City Opera, Geronte in Manon Lescaut at Opera Grand Rapids, Buffalo Bill Cody in Annie Get Your Gun and Ronaldo Cabral in Later That Evening at the Glimmerglass Opera, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Arizona Opera, Verdi’s Requiem with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Bach’s B Minor Masswith the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

He also enjoys a successful career of concert performances, including Mahler’s Das klagende Lied with the New York Philharmonic under James Conlon, and Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. He sang the role of Wotan in Jonathan Dove’s arrangement of Das Rheingold, directed by Christopher Alden with the EOS Orchestra. He has appeared with the Mostly Mozart Festival to sing Mozart’s Thamos, King of Egypt and later returned for performances of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, has featured as a soloist in the Proms to perform an evening of music by Kurt Weill and his contemporaries, and gave a much-acclaimed Lincoln Center performance of Handel’s Saul.

His recordings include 'Live at Lincoln Center' on CBS/SONY; Thea Musgrave’s Mary, Queen of Scots for BMG; the original 1983 film version of Peter Brook’s La Tragedie de Carmen; and Afrika Songs composed by Wilhelm Gross with the Matrix Ensemble conducted by Robert Ziegler.

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