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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…

La Fanciulla Del West: A Triumphant Interpretation of a Puccini Classic

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 here…

Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West” shines with winning hand

Posted by Julie in News, Team Gardner, Virginia Opera

“…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…

Virginia Opera: Master Teacher Series Event

Posted by Julie in News, Teaching, Virginia Opera

Master Teacher Series Event! Free and open to the public! Tuesday – October 10, 2017 – 7 PM at the Dominion Arts Center, 600 E. Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219. Experience the preparation process for Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists as they advance their professional dream with our Master Teacher series. Jill Bowen Gardner & Jake Gardner who will be starring in our production of Puccini’s ‘The Girl of the Golden West’ will provide instruction and advice to the young singers. Enjoy light refreshments with the artists following the presentation. To reserve a space, call 866.673.7282 https://vaopera.org/events/master-teacher-series/

Jake and Jill—Floria Tosca hates Baron Scarpia

Posted by Julie in News, Opera Coeur d’Alene

To play Tosca, soprano Jill Gardner had to learn how to hate her husband. “Jill Gardner has flown in from her native North Carolina to perform the titular lead in this weekend’s production of Tosca by Opera Coeur d’Alene. Over the span of 12 productions and somewhere north of 50 performances across the country, it has become her signature role. But it’s only the fifth production in which the soprano has performed opposite her real-life husband, Jake. And he’s not playing Cavaradossi. “I often say that, during that rehearsal process, we work a lot of shit out,” she says, chuckling…” Continue this article by E.J. Iannelli on the Inlander website…

Opera Coeur d’Alene presents Puccini’s Tosca

Posted by Julie in News, Opera Coeur d’Alene

Get your tickets now for Opera Coeur d’Alene’s production of TOSCA, Puccini’s moving and memorable opera. The dramatic force of Tosca and its characters continues to fascinate both performers and audiences, and the work remains one of the most frequently performed operas. Featured Cast: Tosca: Jill Gardner http://jillbowengardner.com/ Scarpia: Jake Gardner http://bassbaritonejakegardner.com/ Cavaradossi: Roger Honeywell https://imgartists.com/roster/roger-honeywell/ Sacristan: Valerian Ruminski https://www.valerianruminskibass.com/ For tickets, visit Opera CDA’s website…

Hawai‘i Opera Theatre—A Grand Night for Singing with Jill & Jake Gardner

Posted by Julie in Hawaii Opera Theatre, News

Join Hawai‘i Opera Theatre for A Grand Night For Singing, featuring Jake & Jill Gardner with singers from the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studios! Jake & Jill will be in Hawai‘i conducting masterclasses with studio members leading up to this concert. To RSVP, contact Hawai‘i Opera Theatre at (808)596-7372 or see details on HOT’s Facebook page. Jill Gardner most recently starred with HOT as Stella in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire in January, 2017. To learn more about the HOT Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio, visit: https://www.hawaiiopera.org/education-o…/orvis-opera-studio/ We hope to see you there!

Anchorage Opera—Master Class with the Stars

Posted by Julie in Anchorage Opera, Master Class, News

Before you marvel at international stars, Jake & Jill Gardner, onstage for Anchorage Opera’s 55th Anniversary Opera Extravaganza get to know them, and see them in ‘behind-the-scenes’ action as they share their expertise with talented local singers! You won’t want to miss this unique event as the dynamic husband and wife duo present a Master Class with talented local singers chosen to perform and work with our world class artists to improve their technique and artistry. You’ll witness these young talents blossom before your eyes as our incomparable team share their knowledge and help them hone their vocal and stage craft. Part concert…part workshop…all fun! Visit Anchorage Opera’s website for details and tickets…