Jill Gardner | Review: Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West” Shines with Winning Hand
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Jill Gardner in Girl of the Golden West

Review: Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West” Shines with Winning Hand

Posted by Julie in News, Team Gardner, Virginia Opera 15 Nov 2017

“…Midway through the first act, Minnie, played by Jill Gardner, is the pistol-packing saloon owner who makes a dramatic entrance, taking command of an all-out barroom brawl, skillfully choreographed by Erik Gaden. Gardner takes command of the production as well, and never lets go. Her singing has great emotional range, impressive clarity and flawless dynamic control. Her acting, however, is what stands out the most. In a nuanced performance, Gardner evokes both hesitancy and assuredness, vulnerability and strength, as well as worldly innocence, maternal protectiveness and fierce resolve. In addition to the music of Puccini, she is one of the aces in this production…”

Read Andy Garrigue’s review in it’s entirety here…