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Review: Greensboro Opera and EMF ‘What I Did for Love’

Posted by Julie in Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro Opera, News, Review

“A sellout crowd filled two dozen round tables tastefully arranged around a platform in the middle of Temple Emanuel for a recital of arias and ensembles drawn from the world of operas and musicals. David Holley, the general and artistic director of the Greensboro Opera and master of many trades, not only introduced the evening but produced the show and even sang the tenor part in three of the ensemble numbers. Familiar opera stars—soprano Jill Gardner, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Foley Davis and baritone Kyle Guglielmo—joined Holley in presenting some of opera lovers’ favorite pieces, all accompanied by the excellent pianist, Ben Blozan, a faculty member at High Point University and the pianist…

Opera Tampa wraps up season with a brooding, richly sung ‘Macbeth’

Posted by Julie in News, Opera Tampa, Review

Mark Rucker and Jill Gardner play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Opera Tampa’s Macbeth, at the Straz Center on April 13 and 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Straz Center. “The make-or-break factor in this show are the two leads, Mark Rucker and Jill Gardner, who fortunately fall squarely onto the “make” side of the ledger. Baritone Rucker has enjoyed a long career. His vibrato might not be quite as taut as it was 20 years ago, but it’s very close. To that richness and power he adds a fullness to the character not often seen in opera. Gardner has created a Lady Macbeth who exudes strength and commitment, then vulnerability…

Review: “The Girl of the Golden West” at Virginia Opera

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Virginia Opera

“Jill Gardner as Minnie gets what is surely one of the greatest entrances for any soprano, firing a shot to settle down the quarreling miners in her saloon. The next thing we know, she’s reading to them from the Bible—a lesson about forgiveness that will prove prophetic. Just in her first scene alone, we’re given examples of Minnie’s strength, intelligence, self-sufficiency, shyness, and compassion. Gardner invested this endearing character with great fierceness and great tenderness by turns, and sang with clarity and sweetness of tone.” Read Gina Dalfonzo’s review in it’s entirety on the DC Metro Theater Arts website… Photo Credit: Ben Schill Photography (http://www.schillphotography.com) SaveSave

Review: Faith, Hope, and Jealousy in the Wild West

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Team Gardner, Virginia Opera

Virginia Opera’s production of La Fanciulla del West Review by Tim Smith “THE EMOTIONS FUELING THE PLOT of La Fanciulla del West—unfulfilled sensual needs, homesickness, sense of duty and community, those old favorites of faith, hope and jealousy—were all given serious, sincere attention in a Virginia Opera production that reaffirmed, as admirers of Puccini’s brilliant work have long maintained, it deserves much more prominence in the canon. Aided at every moment by Adam Greene’s refined lighting, there was no shortage of good old-fashioned atmosphere from the scenery (John Conklin) and costumes (Constance Hoffman), originally designed for the Glimmerglass Festival. The director of that earlier production, Lillian Groag, brought her incisive touch to this staging as…

Review: “Girls” brings Wild West to Virginia

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Virginia Opera

“Soprano Jill Gardner was a brilliant Minnie. Her voice is a powerful instrument that, combined with her natural ability to act brought the pistol-packing, Bible reading, never-been-kissed character with a heart as good as gold to vivid life. Her’s is one of the strongest, most solid soprano sounds to grace the VOA roster. One can only imagine the dramatic heights of her acclaimed Tosca.” Read John Sheldon’s full review in The Virginia Gazette…

Review: Virginia Opera’s “The Girl of the Golden West”

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Team Gardner, Virginia Opera

“Around the middle of Act I, Jill Gardner’s Minnie, the pistol-packing saloon owner, makes her entrance, completely shutting down an all too classic bar fight. The choreography by Erik Gaden makes every punch visceral. Gardner wins the audience’s heart early, and keeps it the whole show. Her singing touches every emotion, and she hits notes on both sides of the scale. Her acting, however, is what really makes the show. Gardner truly becomes Minnie. The audience feels her loneliness, her vulnerability, and most of all, her heart. We get to know her as a mother figure to the miners, as their (literal) teacher, and their protector.” Read Matthew Sporn’s review in…

Review: “La Fanciulla Del West”—A Triumphant Interpretation

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Team Gardner, Virginia Opera

“Minnie was sung by Jill Gardner, in a Virginia Opera mainstage debut. Her voice is powerful and well-produced, even if still lacking that Tebaldian focus. Gardner’s is a real verismo voice, making it sound easy, and acting every moment. It is understandable that her bio contains raves for her Tosca. She has been through nearly all the Puccini heroines, though not yet Turandot, but I can’t imagine what will stop her. Her Liù is already on the books, and if there’s a soprano today who could work both sides of the Gong, she’s it.” Read David Wagner’s review in it’s entirety on Opera Wire’s website…

Team Gardner in “Happy Birthday, Wanda June”

Posted by Julie in Indianapolis Opera, News, Review

Team Gardner, perform in Indianapolis Opera’s premiere of HAPPY BIRTHDAY WANDA JUNE: “The cast knew what they had to do, and seemed fully invested in the show both dramatically and vocally. Jake Gardner maintained stunning bravado with the right hints of vulnerability as Harold Ryan.” “A crucial aspect of the action comes from the world beyond, a heaven that clearly was also beyond Vonnegut’s capacity for belief. It’s a paradise of bland pleasures flecked with the occasional harmless disaster, such as the tornado that the third Mrs. Ryan (given a fine tipsy lilt by Jill Gardner) tells us about.” Read the full review at Jay Harvey Upstage…  

Eugene Opera Gives Jaw-Dropping Performance of ‘Eugene Onegin’

Posted by Julie in Eugene Opera, News, Review

“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…