Eugene Opera Gives Jaw-Dropping Performance of ‘Eugene Onegin’
“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 his melodic aria.
Jill Gardner is a true diva, and her portrayal of Tatyana rocketed this production from great to exceptional. Her letter scene breathed sweet passion while her final scene wrought anguish and tormented resolve. It is no wonder why this star continues to rise.”
Excerpts from the review by Alison Kaufman (The Register Guard)
Read the full review at The Register Guard