Changes took front and center at last night’s 11th annual Wilde Awards, EncoreMichigan.com’s celebration of the best of Michigan professional theater for the 2011–2012 season. Not only did the ceremony and reception move from downtown Detroit to West Bloomfield’s new Berman Center for the Performing Arts, but the major changes in the organization itself received due attention. Read the full article here. Best Musical or Opera: “I Pagliacci,” Michigan Opera Theatre; Bernard Uzan, director
WSKG’s Bill Snyder interviewed Jake and Jill Gardner about Tri-Cities Opera’s upcoming performance of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Forum in Binghamton. Listen to the interview here. Internationally acclaimed stars and local favorites Jake & Jill Gardner return to the Forum stage for Puccini’s masterpiece Madame Butterfly on October 21st & 23rd, 2011. Jake Gardner, baritone, will sing the role of “Sharpless” and will make a his directorial debut with Tri-Cities Opera as Stage Director for the production. Jill Gardner, soprano, will reprise her stunning portrayal of the title heroine in Madame Butterfly on the Forum stage.
The highlight of the Boston Lyric Opera’s “A Roman Affair’’ gala on Saturday night might have been “Tosca’’ star Jill Gardner hamming it up as Marilyn Monroe . She sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. Emperor’’ — as opposed to “Mr. President’’ — to keep with the night’s Agrippina-inspired theme. Read the full article here.