By Jesus G
MANIFEST DESTINY explores the juxtaposition of Garcia’s Catholic upbringing, his Native-American ancestry, and his sexuality. The piece, told through his alter-ego, Jesus G, seeks to challenge the abuse of power, and honor the soul’s journey, from its trials to its triumphs.
Internationally-acclaimed operatic tenor Jesus Garcia (Jesus G), who has been praised by the press for his “soaring vocalism” and his “dynamic stage presence,” is presenting a different, very personal side of his musical capabilities this September. Garcia, who is the recipient of a Tony Award Honor for Excellence in Theater for his leading role in Baz Luhrmann’s “La Boheme” on Broadway, has been featured on opera stages around the globe. He will present a theatrical rendering of his song cycle, MANIFEST DESTINY, at Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival. The work plays The Arden Theatre Company’s Arcadia Stage from September 12 through September 15 for five performances only. Press are invited to the 9PM performance on September 12.
MANIFEST DESTINY explores the juxtaposition of Garcia’s Catholic upbringing, his Native-American ancestry, and his sexuality as told though his alter-ego, Jesus G. The theatrical presentation, told through his alter-ego, Jesus G, seeks to challenge the abuse of power, and honor the soul’s journey, from its trials to its triumphs. Garcia will perform the song cycle live every evening during the limited engagement in Philadelphia.
Tickets to MANIFEST DESTINY are $15 and can be purchased by visiting FringeArts.com. More on MANIFEST DESTINY can be found below.
Jesus Garcia’s MANIFEST DESTINY
Part of Fringe Festival
September 12-15, 2019
The Arden Theatre Company’s Arcadia Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia
Jesus Garcia on the origins of “Manifest Destiny” –
“I’ve always believed that the medium of music; while essential for escape, entertainment, and emotional release; can also be used as a tool to free the soul through political, religious, and spiritual questioning.
The term “manifest destiny” was originally used in reference to the European settlers who invaded North America with the proclamation that their “God” had promised this land to his followers. Of course, the Native Americans asked, “Who is this God of yours who would set man against his brother in conquest of a land that cannot be bought nor sold? Surely, this cannot be the great man, Jesus, whom we have heard of.
‘Manifest Destiny’ seeks to challenge the bigoted views of the separatist, religious person who believes that he will, somehow, show up at the gates of heaven and be rewarded with a place in the eternal pantheon. In my opinion, any idea of inequality in the name of God is erroneous and is the root of all war. For truly, in the end, if one’s truth has led to the oppression and death of others, then whom is this God who has influenced these actions? Was it God at all? Or was it a man-made creation posing as God?
We are bigger than the rules that seek to bind us, bigger than the religions that seek to control us, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
Garcia has previously presented his music in concert and to the press, garnering critical acclaim:
“..classic song structure takes wild digressions into polytonality. Thanks to his range, Garcia achieves emotional states rarely heard in pop, if only because the singers lack that kind of vocal imagination.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns
“Mr. Garcia expresses complete admiration as an artist, poet and musician.” – The New York Times, Matthew Gurewitch
“An exceptional evening was experienced as Jesus Garcia presented lyrics and songs composed by himself. These songs of inner connection sound quite original and the best of them have hit-potential. They all hold a compositional promise for the future.
Jesus Garcia ranges from vocal cuddly bliss to showing that he has the format of a rock singer. And with the swing-oriented song, ‘The Mighty Fine Mr. Pope’, he showed yet another facet of his powers, namely the ironic entertainer. A remarkable response from the opera audience and the number of visitors should lead to encouraging such concerts in the future.” – Badisches Neueste Nachrichten (BNN), Germany
Additional Biographical Information:
Garcia’s recent performances include his debut in the title role of Gounod’s “Faust” at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland under the baton of Philippe Auguin, Count Almaviva in Rosetta Cucchi’s production of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Boston Lyric Opera, and Rodolfo in “La Boheme” with Tampere Talo in Finland.
Recording credits include credits include the world premiere recording of Jorge Martin’s “Before Night Falls”, the Original Broadway Cast recording of Baz Luhrmann’s “La Boheme”, and the Virgin Classics DVD recording of Laurent Pelly’s production of “La Vie Parisienne”.
Jesus Garcia has made several television appearances including the “Today Show”, “Breakfast with the Arts” on A&E, and the Tony Awards. He has also been featured in the pages of numerous publications including “The New York Times”, “Vogue”, “Vanity Fair”, “New York Magazine”, and “Opera News”.
Other recent guest engagements brought Garcia’s debut as GIASONE in Cherubini’s “Medea” under the baton of Jane Glover at Opera Omaha, his return to Nederlandse Reisopera as ALFREDO in Floris Visser’s production of “La Traviata”, and his return to the Badisches Staatstheater for the title part of TITO in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito.” Garcia also recently appeared at The Wexford Festival as ENRICO in Fabio Ceresa’s new production of Donizetti’s seldom performed opera “Maria de Rudenz”; as NADIR with the Nederlandse Reisopera and the Carré Theater in Amsterdam; as ALFREDO under the baton of Lawrence Foster at the Savonlinna Opera Festival; as RODOLFO in Puccini’s “La Bohème” directed by Rosetta Cucchi at the Boston Lyric Opera; as well as MACDUFF in “Macbeth”, PYLADES in Gluck’s “Iphigenie en Tauride”, TEBALDO in Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”, and NEMORINO in “L’Elisir d’Amore” directed by Jacopo Spirei at the Badisches Staatstheater. Mr. Garcia also performed Mozart’s “Requiem” in cities throughout Italy with Filharmonia Arturo Toscanini conducted by Maestro Rinaldo Alessandrini.