Noted for her “effortlessly produced, rich voice,” American Soprano Jill Gardner is swiftly establishing herself among today’s leading operatic heroines.
Recognized as a “lyrico spinto, Puccini girl through and through,” her repertoire consists of the title roles of Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Manon Lescaut as well as Minnie (La Fanciulla del West), Georgetta, Suor Angelica and Lauretta (Il Trittico), Liù (Turandot), Mimì and Musetta (La Bohème), Nedda (Pagliacci), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Lady MacBeth (MacBeth), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites) and Margherite (Faust) with such notable companies as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Carolina, Michigan Opera Theater, Madison Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Hawai‘i Opera Theater, Toledo Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Fresno Grand Opera, Eugene Opera, Opera Coeur d’Alene and Piedmont Opera, among others.
Equally at home in the operetta and musical theater traditions, Ms. Gardner gave the first inaugural opera house performances of the role of Margaret Johnson in Adam Guettel’s Light in the Piazza with Piedmont Opera and enjoyed success in Lehar’s The Merry Widow (Syracuse Opera) as well as Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Hawai‘i Opera Theater). She has also appeared on the concert stage with such ensembles as the Washington Chorus, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Wichita Symphony and the Syracuse Symphony as well as the Binghamton Philharmonic.
An alumna of the Young Artist Programs of Glimmerglass Opera Festival and Tri-Cities Opera in upstate New York, future seasons will see Ms. Gardner debut the role of Blanche in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Hawai‘i Opera Theater, create the role of Mildred in Indianapolis Opera’s highly-anticipated world premiere production of Richard Auldon Clark’s and Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Birthday Wanda June, perform her signature role of Tosca with Piedmont Opera and Opera Coeur d’Alene as well as her house debut as Minnie in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West with Virginia Opera, make her debut with Anchorage Opera in the company’s 55th Anniversary Gala Performances as well as sing her first performances of Carmen in Peter Brook’s La Tragédie de Carmen for Eugene Opera.
This upcoming season, Ms. Gardner also joins her husband, bass-baritone Jake Gardner, in Holiday Pops Concerts with the Binghamton Philharmonic and returns as an alumnus to sing Verdi’s Requiem with the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Orchestra.