Jay Gardner continues to prove himself as a versatile singing actor at home in a variety of genres. The Dallas Morning News has written, “Jay Gardner raises the hair on the back of ournecks with a clarion tenor deployed with rare taste.” Jay performs though out the Dallas/Ft.Worth area and the midwest and is familiar to audiences of opera, cabaret and musical theater.
Highlights include the role of Canio in Pagliacci with Kansas Concert Opera, the Second Jew in Salome and the Second Noble in Lohengrin, both with The Dallas Opera. With the MarjorieLawrence Opera Theatre he has played Romeo in Romeo et Juliette and Sam Polk in Susannah. In addition he has appeared as Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, The First Armed Guard in The Magic Flute and has sung with the Dallas Opera Chorus for five seasons.
Jay’s solo concert appearances include the Carnegie Hall premier of Sing for the Cure commissioned by the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with theUniversity of North Texas Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include the world premier at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas of The Star of David, J.S. Bach’s St. JohnPassion, Handel’s Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, the Saint Saens Christmas Oratorio and the Haydn Paukenmesse. Jay has also appeared at various summer music festivals including Opera aOrvieto, The Casalmaggiore Chamber Music Festival and the Summer Academy for the Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. As a performer and stage director, Jay has presented The Best of Broadway and Bernstein on Broadway, both at the Crested Butte Music Festival and directed the musical for Oh, Look Performing Arts Center.
Also active on the musical theater stage, Jay has been featured in Side by Side by Sondheim with Circle Theater, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Plano Repertory Theater, Into the Woods at Southern Illinois Repertory Theater, and Evita, Brigadoon and the regional premier of Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s King David at Lyric Stage. For Oh, Look Performing Arts Center Jay has played Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret, the Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd and his favorite role, the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Jay is currently pursuing thedegree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas where he studies with Dr.Steven Austin.